Most of us will need a little help maintaining positive oral health from time to time — it’s not common to need a filling (or two) or even a crown throughout a lifetime. A dental crown is performed with more ease and efficiency than ever before, thanks to advanced CEREC technology. Keep reading to learn more about why you may need a dental crown in Columbia and what you can expect from the procedure.
Why Crowns Are Necessary
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering that is securely bonded over an affected tooth. Crowns can be made out of ceramic/porcelain, metal, gold, zirconia, or other biocompatible materials. For front teeth that have been damaged, a natural-looking ceramic crown provides a wonderful solution.
Dental crowns can provide the following aesthetic and functional solutions:
- Restoring a broken tooth
- Strengthening a weak or worn tooth
- Restoring a decayed tooth when there is not enough healthy tooth enamel for a filling
- Making cosmetic improvements to flawed front teeth
- Tooth replacement (when supported by a dental implant)
Procedure for a Dental Crown
While the procedure for a dental crown has traditionally taken two weeks and two separate appointments, it can now be completed in just one visit thanks to CEREC technology.
CEREC stands for chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics, and it’s a way for your dentist to plan, manufacture, and place your dental crown in-house.
With special computer aided design and manufacturing software and a milling machine, a beautiful ceramic crown is created specifically for the tooth in a little less than an hour.
The procedure works like this.
- Your dentist evaluates the damage and puts together a treatment plan.
- Using precise color-matching technology, a shade is selected for your dental crown.
- The tooth is prepared for its restoration. Reshaping of the enamel makes room for a new restoration to be bonded on top.
- Digital scans are taken of the tooth.
- Information is sent to the CEREC software, where your dentist makes a 3D blueprint of the crown.
- All the information is sent to the milling machine.
- The crown is milled from a single block of dental porcelain.
- Your dentist checks to make sure the crown fits and looks as planned.
- Last minute adjustments are made as necessary before the crown is bonded securely on!
Benefits of a CEREC Crown
There are a number of advantages associated with CEREC one-visit dentistry. Some of the most significant benefits include:
- No need to use up extra sick leave with crowns completed in just one visit
- Digital scans used with CEREC are more comfortable and accurate than bite-down impressions used with in procedures for traditional crowns
- Dental porcelain blends beautifully with your surrounding tooth enamel
- You don’t have to wear a traditional crown that may break or be uncomfortable
About the Author
Your dentists in Columbia, Dr. Sarah Humphreys and Dr. Brian Fann, provide excellence in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry for patients of all ages. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment for you or someone you love, we invite you to contact The Art of Dentistry at (931) 381-6880!