Dental Crowns Renew Function and Provide Support
Dental crowns, also called caps, fit over damaged teeth to provide structure, support, and an improved appearance. We carefully tailor dental crowns to match each patient's unique smile using advanced CEREC® technology. In some cases, we are able to craft and place your crowns in the same day. If you are interested in learning more about how we can restore your teeth using traditional or same-day dental crowns, contact our Statesboro, GA-area practice to schedule a consultation. You will meet with one of our doctors, who will create a custom treatment plan to improve your oral health and enhance your smile.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns can be used to treat teeth that are decayed, chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged. Dental crowns may also be used to enhance irregularly shaped teeth or discoloration that does not respond to bleaching. Patients who have problems with chewing or a misaligned bite may benefit from crowns. If you suffer from teeth grinding (bruxism), your dentist may recommend crowns, which add strength to worn down teeth. Dental crowns are also used after dental implants have been placed, restoring the entire tooth's structure and renewing your ability to eat, chew, smile, and speak with confidence.
Depending on your unique case, the process of placing dental crowns will vary. It is important that your gums are healthy near the treatment area. If not, your doctor will likely recommend some form of periodontal treatment. If your tooth is decayed, your doctor may remove the damaged sections of the tooth and then place a dental filling. Patients who undergo root canal therapy may have their crown placed in a subsequent appointment. After the affected tooth has been treated, your doctor can begin preparing your tooth for a crown.
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How Are Dental Crowns Created?
Instead of using traditional impression techniques, which can be messy and uncomfortable, we use CEREC® technology to create 3-D images of your teeth. These images are then sent to our in-house milling machine or outside laboratory to guide the construction of your crown. If a posterior tooth is being restored, we can create the crown in-house. Crowns for damaged anterior teeth are typically sent to an outside laboratory for special customization.
How Are Dental Crowns Placed?
If your crown is constructed at our off-site laboratory, your doctor will place a temporary crown to maintain the aesthetics and function of your bite. On your second visit, your doctor will remove the temporary crown and place the permanent restoration. If the crown is fabricated on-site, your restoration can be placed on the same day.
Once your dental crown has been created, your doctor will use a strong adhesive to bond the restoration into place. In order to ensure your comfort and correct any bite issues, your doctor will make any minor adjustments that are necessary. Once your crown is in place, it is immediately functional and can be cared for just like a natural tooth.
If you are interested in learning more about our restorative treatments, including dental crowns, contact our office. Your doctor will conduct a thorough exam to determine if crowns are right for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.