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A crown, also called a “cap”, covers the entire tooth surface to restore it to its original shape and size. If a tooth cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations, a crown is used to protect and strengthen the tooth structure.
While there are several types of crowns to choose from, porcelain crowns are the most popular as they most closely resemble your natural teeth in size, shape and color. Porcelain is highly durable and will last many years.
- Broken or Fractured Teeth
- Cosmetic Enhancement
- Decayed Teeth
- Fractured Fillings
- Large Fillings
- Tooth has a Root Canal
Technology today is changing our everyday lives. Innovations in dental treatments are requiring less time in the dental chair, causing less discomfort, and creating more satisfying results. One breakthrough, Cerec, allows us to restore damaged or decayed teeth with tooth colored materials in one visit whereas old crown technology required two visits.
Cerec uses computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing, CAD/CAM , technology, incorporating a camera, computer, and a milling machine. We take a picture of the damaged tooth and the impression is transferred to a computer where the restoration is designed and then the milling machine creates the restoration. We then bond the tooth colored restoration to the tooth with the whole process taking about an hour.
In many cases the Cerec dental restorations replace old mercury/silver fillings which have expanded with age and fractured the teeth. Sometimes new decay will start around old fillings. Cerec is especially useful in areas where substantial amounts of the tooth are damaged or missing. Onlays, inlays, or crowns using Cerec are strong, safe, precise, effective, and can be color matched to adjacent teeth making the crown virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.