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Updated On Thursday, March 21, 2019 12:06:20 AM

Crowns are synthetic caps, generally made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth.

Crowns are normally used to fix a tooth's function and look following a restorative treatment such as a root canal. When degeneration in a tooth has actually become so advanced that huge portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth.

Crowns are also used to prevent a broken tooth from worsening, connect bridges, cover implants, or an existing filling is at risk of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve as a visual use, and are used when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be brought back to its natural appearance.

Treatments

A tooth must normally be decreased in size to accommodate a crown. A cast is made from the existing tooth and an impression is made. The impression is sent to a unique laboratory, which produces a custom-made crown. In many cases, a temporary crown is used until the permanent crown is ready. Long-term crowns are sealed in place.

Crowns are sometimes mistaken as veneers, but they are quite different. Veneers are normally applied just to relatively little areas.

Taking care of Your Crowns

With correct care, a good quality crown could last up to 8 years or longer. It is crucial to floss in the location of the crown to prevent excess plaque or collection of particles around the restoration.

Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) substantially shorten the life of a crown. Moreover, consuming hard foods, ice or hard candy can jeopardize the adhesion of the crown, and even harm the crown.





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CEREC stands for CERamic REConstruction and is a tool in our office that can take exact digital imagery of areas requiring restoration and produce the appropriate restoration on the spot.

With our CEREC cad/cam machine, you can have your crown or other restoration completed in simply one visit. We will design and custom fit your tooth precisely with our computer system milling unit right in the office. You no longer have to have a temporary crown or wait weeks for the laboratory to make your crown.

CEREC can be used for a full scope of indications: partial crowns, posterior crowns, anterior crowns, veneers, inlays, and onlays.


Additional Dental Treatments That May Be Provided

A range of dental treatments are available for our local patients. Our goal is to offer a warm and reassuring environment for your dental experience, whether you are visiting us for the very first time for a dental evaluation and cleaning, or you are returning to complete your cosmetic smile makeover.

The services shown below are a sample of what we may offer:

  • Dental Crowns

  • Dental Implants

  • Teeth Whitening

  • Complete & Partial Dentures

  • Dental Bonding

  • Temporal-Mandibular Joint Treatments

  • Gum Disease

  • Porcelain Veneers

  • Dental Bridges

  • Root Canal Therapy

  • Fillings


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Teeth Whitening

Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of a lot of patients, there are numerous methods to lighten teeth. The most popular method is using a home tooth bleaching system that will lighten teeth significantly. Since tooth lightening just works on natural tooth enamel, it is essential to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the freshly bleached teeth.

Most dentists utilize multiple techniques: customizeded tray lightening, professional strength white strips, and in-office bleaching.

The tray approach involves having impressions taken, which the lab makes into custom-made vinyl trays. A carbamide peroxide gel is put in these trays and the trays with gel are worn for about 30 minutes to a full hour. The entire procedure takes about a week of day-to-day use. Three different strengths of gel may be used, however, the greater the strength, the higher the likelihood of reactions or tooth sensitivity. The tray approach is recommended for badly stained teeth, such as tetracycline staining, and it might take a number of months of use to see considerable color improvement.

Our in-office treatment is a very fast and convenient whitening process. The appointment is approximately one hour including both the preparation and treatment. Our patients enjoy this treatment due to the fact that it is so simple and quick!

Tooth bleaching is not permanent. A touch-up may be required once a year and more often if you smoke and/or drink coffee, tea, or wine. For upkeep of whitened teeth the trays should be used every couple of months.

Reasons For Tooth Whitening:

  • Yellow, brown stained teeth.

  • Normal wear of outer tooth layer.

  • Florousis (extreme fluoridation during tooth development).

  • Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).


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