Porcelain crowns are restorations that protect damaged, cracked or broken down teeth. A crown strengthens your existing damaged tooth so as to preserve its functionality. Dental crowns are also commonly known as caps because a crown sits over your existing tooth covering the entire outer surface similar to how a baseball cap would cover your head. At DR CHEN DENTAL GROUPwe utilize the most advanced digital technology called CEREC 3 to diamond mill your crowns in 8 minutes(while you wait), so the entire procedure usually takes about an hour and you leave with your permanent restoration that same visit, WITH NO TEMPORARIES!! This means that there are NO IMPRESSIONS, NO TEMPORARIES, AND NO GETTING NUMB FOR A SECOND VISIT! The visual below gives a detailed summary of how the whole process works.book An APPOINTMENT
Patient desired to have mercury filled silver fillings replaced on the back four teeth due to decay, cracking, and leakage(decay in between, tooth and filling).
Prepared teeth are digitally scanned and designed on the computer using our state of the art computerized software called CEREC 3.
|A porcelain block is placed in the diamond milling unit to be reshaped until it matches what your dentist designed on the computer.|
|An onsite diamond milling unit reshapes the porcelain block to give you the finished porcelain crown.|
|Final restored teeth are ready to "perform and look like natural teeth."|
Why May I needs Crowns?
It is common to crown a tooth when there is severe decay, cracking or even discoloration of the tooth structure. Many times existing mercury or silver fillings can progressively crack the teeth and cause decay to harbor underneath them. If the decay is severe and widespread over the majority of the tooth then a crown may be needed. Crowns are also placed when there has been extensive wear to the tooth surfaces by excessive grinding of the teeth. If you notice that you do grind your teeth, make an appointment to be fitted for a nightguard appliance which will help prevent wear on the teeth. If grinding is prevented through a nightguard early enough, then crowns can be avoided later.
Are dental crowns always the best option?
Crowns should not be the first treatment of choice just to improve the aesthetics of your teeth, because your dentist needs to grind a significant portion of the original tooth away.
Less invasive and longer lasting alternatives include porcelain inserts such as inlays, onlays, and even ¾ crowns. All of these options should be considered as the first treatment of choice as less tooth structure is required to be removed before placing them.