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Updated On Thursday, July 19, 2018 01:22:51 AM

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

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

Crowns are also used to prevent a broken tooth from becoming worse, connect bridges, cover implants, or an existing filling is at risk of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve as an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth has to be restored to its natural look.

Procedures

A tooth must typically be decreased in size to accommodate a crown. A cast is made of the existing tooth and an impression is made. The impression is sent to a special laboratory, which manufactures a custom-made crown. Sometimes, a short-term crown is applied till the long-term crown is ready. Long-term crowns are sealed in place.

Crowns are sometimes mistaken as veneers, however they are fairly different. Veneers are usually applied just to relatively small areas.

Caring For Your Crowns

With correct care, a good quality crown might last approximately eight years or longer. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of particles around the restoration.

Particular habits such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) considerably shorten the life of a crown. Furthermore, consuming hard foods, ice or hard candy can jeopardize the adhesion of the crown, or perhaps break the crown.





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CEREC stands for CERamic REConstruction and is a tool in our office that can take precise digital images 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 milling unit right in the office. You no longer have to have a temporary crown or wait weeks for the lab to make your crown.

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


Additional Dental Procedures That May Be Available

A variety of dental treatments may be available for our local clients. 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 procedures listed below are a sample of what we may provide:

  • Dental Crowns

  • Dental Implants

  • Teeth Whitening

  • Total & Partial Dentures

  • Dental Bonding

  • TMJ Treatments

  • Periodontal Disease

  • Porcelain Veneers

  • Dental Bridges

  • Root Canal Therapy

  • Fillings


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TMJ (Temporal-Mandibular Joint)

TMJ stands for temporal-mandibular joint. Temporal, as in temple area of skull; mandibular as in mandible, or lower jaw; joint as in it's where the head and jaw meet. Issues in this joint may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, injury, or excess muscle tension. Aside from the two bones that meet there, cartilage buffers them and five muscles are associated with the area. If something fails a good deal of trouble can result.

Problems in this area can trigger:

  • Earaches.

  • Headaches.

  • Pain in the jaw muscles.

  • Trouble or soreness in opening and closing the mouth.

  • Soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face.

  • Clicking or popping of the jaw.


Dental treatments for the condition can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite, filling gaps in between teeth, etc. There is no one solution that is right for all cases. Sometimes a plastic mouth piece is utilized to prevent clenching or grinding that is contributing to the problem. If unattended and required to extremes, surgery might be required to repair a severely damaged joint.


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