When considering options to transform your smile, from appearance to function, dental crowns can be a great choice to discuss with your dental care team. They are a common restorative dental treatment used to restore a tooth’s shape, size, strength, and appearance. At Dental Solutions of Binghamton, our team makes the process painless and can even address several issues in just one visit with CEREC. Read further to learn more.
What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are an ideal restoration for teeth that have been broken or weakened by decay or a very large filling. The crown fits right over the remaining part of the tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape and contour of a natural tooth. Dental crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including ceramic, porcelain, resin, and metal alloys. The material used to create a crown is typically chosen based on the location of the tooth, the amount of damage or decay, and the desired aesthetic result.
The Dental Crown Process: One Visit or Two?
There could be more than one answer to this question. With proper care and maintenance, either path delivers dental crown that can last for many years.
The traditional process of getting a dental crown typically involves two visits to the dentist. During the first visit, the tooth is prepared by removing any decay or damage and shaping it to fit the crown. An impression is then taken of the tooth, which is used to create a custom crown that will fit over the tooth perfectly. A temporary crown is placed on the tooth to protect it while the permanent crown is being made.
At the second visit, the temporary crown is removed, and the permanent crown is cemented in place using a special dental adhesive. The dentist will check the fit and bite of the crown to ensure it is comfortable and functioning properly.
At Dental Solutions of Binghamton, we are proud to offer CEREC Same Day Dental Crowns. CEREC delivers ceramic restorations that offer a highly aesthetic tooth restoration in just one visit without the mess of impressions. In addition, a temporary crown and second visit will not be required, as our team will create and place your CEREC restoration before you leave the office.
What are the most common uses for Dental Crowns?
- To protect a weakened tooth: If a tooth has been weakened by decay, trauma, or a large filling, a dental crown can help to protect it from further damage.
- To restore a broken or chipped tooth: Dental crowns can be used to restore teeth that have been chipped, cracked, or broken due to injury or decay.
- To cover a tooth after a root canal: After a root canal, a dental crown may be placed over the tooth to protect it and restore its appearance.
- To improve the appearance of a discolored or misshapen tooth: Dental crowns can be used to cover teeth that are discolored or misshapen, improving the overall appearance of the smile
- To cover a dental implant: Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth, and dental crowns can be placed on top of the implant to create a natural-looking tooth replacement.
- To provide support to a dental bridge: Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth, and dental crowns can be used to provide support to the bridge and anchor it in place.
At Dental Solutions of Binghamton, we are focused on providing high-quality, personalized dental care for all our patients. Our team of experienced and skilled prosthodontists can help transform your smile–improving its appearance, while restoring the health and function with dental crowns. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our team, Dr. Ronald Sambursky, Dr. Fritz Zietsman and Dr. David DiPalma.