Our goal is to provide dentistry that is undetectable. We fabricate and if needed replace existing dental crowns and fillings with restorations that look and feel like your natural teeth.
Where damage to a person’s teeth is severe whether from cracks, chips, or decay, we can use porcelain or porcelain fused to metal crowns to make the smile appear “as new”. This is an extremely reliable technique for repairing the most severe of dental problems, even permanently replacing missing teeth to offer a complete smile and a functional bite. We are renowned for the quality of our work and the fantastic changes we make for people using this technology. These treatments are used for a long-lasting correction of major dental problems. With good oral hygiene care, it is usual for these treatments to last for 10 to 20 years, which is as close to permanent as dental treatment can get.
How long does it take to fit a dental crown?
Fitting a crown requires at least two visits to our office. Initially, we will remove decay, shape the tooth, and fit it with a temporary crown of either plastic or metal.
On the subsequent visit, we will remove the temporary crown and then fit and adjust the final crown. Finally, we will cement the crown into place and you have a new beautiful looking tooth.
We also have an in-office milling unit where we can make the crown in house, and you are able to leave with a new crown in just one appointment. Not all patient cases are candidates for the in-office crowns based on patient habits, crown location, and patient comfort. The Cerec machine which eliminates the need for a dental lab to make the crown and therefore also eliminates the need for a second appointment. However, if you choose to go the one appointment route, it will be a longer appointment, usually 3-4 hours in order to allow time for the fabrication of the crown.
Key Benefits of Dental Crowns
- Replaces missing teeth
- Offers support to misshapen teeth or badly broken teeth
- Looks completely natural
- Fixes “smile” and functional chewing problems
- Protects root canal treated teeth from fracturing
What are the capabilities of crowns?
Crowns and bridgework are a very reliable solution for major dental problems caused through accidents, diseases or wear and tear. Major problems can usually be corrected using these techniques. Materials used in these repairs can be made of an all ceramic, high-grade porcelain, all metal, or porcelain bonded to metal. A higher strength of the porcelain and gold materials is recommended to treat the most serious of dental problems. Where accidental damage has occurred, resulting in lost teeth, or where teeth have broken away through excessive wear, or as the result of old fillings breaking, dental crowns and/or dental bridges can be used as a long-term solution.
Many people have unexplained pain from filled back teeth, which is usually due to hairline cracks in the chewing part of the tooth. Placing crowns on these teeth relieves the pain, helps protect from further cracks, and allows a return of full dental function for these teeth. In front teeth, older fillings can both weaken the teeth and cause esthetic problems due to staining or chipping. Porcelain crowns and bridges are suitable in cases where porcelain veneers are not. In back teeth that have been treated with root canals, crowns prevent the teeth from fracturing, so they are indicated for long term success after receiving a root canal.