A dental crown is not an uncommon artificial tooth. Many people need them from time to time as they suffer damage or have to have an existing tooth removed. You may think the use of crowns is about creating a natural smile and look. However, there are many benefits to them that go much further than this. If your smile isn’t perfect, it may be time to visit your dentist to learn more about how crowns can help you.
A dental crown is an artificial tooth. In some situations, they can be fitted over the top of a damaged existing tooth. They can also be used to fill in the gap left after a tooth extraction, creating a natural look to your smile. Crowns are highly durable. Created properly, they can look, function, and feel like a natural tooth, making it hard for anyone else to tell they are not your natural tooth.
There are various reasons why you may need a dental crown. Here are a few examples:
Most often, a dentist will recommend the use of a crown when there is damage to a tooth that needs protection to keep it from further decaying. If you’re unsure if you need one, visit your dentist to have a full exam to determine the extensiveness of the damage.
As noted, there are many situations when a crown is used to help protect the existing teeth. It may be easy to see this as a step that you don’t want or need to take. That’s rarely the case. Rather, crowns are a big part of restoring the tooth after there’s been damage to it and treatment has been applied. It should never be skipped. If so, that may hasten the need to have the tooth removed.
You don’t have to wait to have a crown installed. It’s important to know that crowns can match the color, size, and shape of your existing teeth. They can create a very natural look for you. However, this process does not have to take a long time to put in place.
At Cedar Walk Dentistry, we offer the technology to speed up the process of getting a crown placed. We use CEREC, which is short for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. It is sometimes called Ceramic REConstruction. This process uses a computer-aided design (CAD) or computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) method to create some of the most durable and beautiful crowns available.
The process starts with taking impressions of your existing teeth to create a model to be used in the creation of your new crown. This is done within a matter of minutes. These impressions help to create a very precisely fitted filling that works to match the specific needs of your smile. With the use of CEREC technology, we can create crowns for you in just one visit.
Even better, this method creates some outstanding benefits including:
We also use MCXL technology. This can help with milling and grinding cosmetic applications to create very precise outcomes. This can help to make any restoration that much more authentic and beautiful.
A crown is an investment in your smile and oral health. That’s why we offer a comprehensive service for you. Reach out to Cedar Walk Dentistry to learn more about the resources we offer.