A dental crown is often needed to repair damaged teeth or address problems from infection or severe tooth decay. However, these restorations are made from a variety of different materials. What type of crown do you need? Will your newly fixed tooth look natural? Let’s look at what kinds of crowns our office offers and what the placement process involves.
The Downside of Metal Crowns
In the past metal crowns were the only choices for restoring a tooth. However, they could never blend with your smile and were very noticeable. In addition, the metal could potentially expand over time, possibly damaging the tooth or leading to the onset of decay or infection. As a result, we offer a more lifelike and dependable restoration with porcelain.
Why Use Porcelain?
Porcelain boasts a lifelike appearance, reflecting light in a similar manner as natural tooth enamel. In addition, the material is stain-resistant and very strong. The new crown can withstand bite pressures and restore your tooth to optimal health and function. In addition, you can enjoy a crown that looks natural and blends with your smile.
Placed in a Single Visit
Using CEREC technology, the doctor can create a new restoration and place it in the same visit. First, we prepare the tooth by removing a small amount of structure. Then, digital impressions are taken with an intraoral camera. The information gathered is used to create a 3D model so the doctor can design the restoration. After uploading the design into the CEREC machine, the machine crafts the restoration from a solid block of porcelain. After checking the fit the doctor makes any last minute adjustments before placing the crown with a powerful bonding agent. If you have any questions about porcelain restorations or the CEREC system, then contact our office today.