Same Day Dental Crowns
What is a crown, and how can it help?
A dental crown is used to restore damaged or decaying teeth. It is tooth-colored and molded to your existing tooth structure. At Brocks Gap Dentistry, we use CEREC technology to create the most accurate and lifelike crown for your unique tooth. It strengthens your tooth by bonding to it while also enhancing the aesthetic appearance of your smile. Once a crown is set, it covers the entire visible tooth.
Crowns are used for a variety of reasons, including protecting weak teeth, helping to prevent them from cracking or breaking further, restoring worn down teeth, covering a filling when there isn’t much tooth left, or helping to hold dental bridges in place. In cases involving children, they can also be used to help save damaged teeth that can’t support a filling.
Crown materials vary. Your doctor will advise what is best for your needs from our top-of-the-line materials. Factors that influence what material is used include, among other things, the desired appearance, needed functionality, and location of the crown.
The process of getting a crown at Brocks Gap Dentistry begins with an appointment with your dentist, where the tooth, or teeth, receiving a crown is prepared by removing a small amount of the outer portion, or enamel, of the tooth. This is so the crown fits your mouth and your bite. Decay, or any other issues, are dealt with and removed at this time, as well. Next, an impression is made with CEREC digital imaging, so the crowns can be made specifically for your teeth. Then, you will receive temporary crowns while your impressions are sent to a lab. Depending upon your unique case, it is also possible that the crowns can be made while you wait with no need for temporary crowns.
After-Care for Your Dental Crown
You care for a crown (and the tooth underneath) the same way you care for the rest of your teeth—by brushing, flossing, and having biannual professional cleanings. A tooth under a crown can still get a cavity, so it is vital to stick to your dental hygiene routine. It is also helpful to avoid or, at the very least, be careful with hard and sticky foods.
Inlays and Onlays
With inlays and onlays, less of your tooth is removed than with a traditional filling, and your natural color and shade of tooth can be replicated and maintained.
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