What is a dental crown?
When a tooth has lost much of it’s original structure to decay, wear, erosion or fracture, the best way to restore it is often with a crown. We provide dental crowns and fillings that look and feel like your natural teeth.
What’s involved in a dental crown?
Most of the time, dental crowns can be made in a single visit with our Cerec CAD-CAM technology. The tooth is anesthetized to keep you comfortable and then Dr. Watts shapes the tooth and creates space for the crown material. Digital records are taken with our 3D scanner and using computer software, Dr. Watts designs your crown. The ceramic material is milled, fired and polished in the office. We check the fit of the crown and make sure the shade of the crown looks completely natural and undetectable. Finally, we bond the crown into place and you have a new beautiful looking tooth.
Key Benefits of Dental Crowns
- Replaces missing tooth structure that has been lost
- Protects the remaining tooth structure from fracture
- Looks completely natural and attractive
- Creates a sturdy and comfortable tooth for chewing and speaking
What are the benefits of crowns?
Often times, teeth in the back of our mouth with large fillings are weakened and can develop hairline cracks in the tooth structure. These cracks can be painful but often can have no symptoms until the tooth fractures. Placing crowns on these teeth relieves pain and protects the teeth from the cracks moving deeper into the nerve center of the tooth or below the gumline. Teeth that have had root canal therapy are also weakened and should be protected from fractures. If a tooth breaks, often it can still be repaired, however it can require additional procedures and leave you with less of your original tooth. In front teeth, older fillings can both weaken the teeth and cause “appearance” problems due to staining or chipping. Porcelain crowns can correct multiple problems and restore the beauty of teeth in cases where porcelain veneers are not an option.