Dental crowns – no need to panic, save your tooth with a dental crown
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are placed over teeth, to restore their shape, size, strength, and improve the appearance when needed. A crown, once cemented in place, will fully enclose the entire observable portion of the tooth. This will ensure a natural appearance while providing long lasting protection. Thanks to CEREC technology offered by Triad Dentistry, patients who visit the Greensboro, NC practice can enjoy same-day restorations.
Why Patients Need Dental Crowns
A dental crown may be necessary in the following situations:
- When a tooth needs protection (for example, from deep decay). A crown can keep a tooth from breaking and will assist in holding together a cracked tooth.
- When restoration is needed due to a tooth already being broken or severely worn down.
- When a tooth has a large filling, not leaving a lot of natural teeth in place, and needs to be covered for support.
- When a tooth is discolored or misshapen and needs to be covered.
- When a dental implant needs to be covered.
- When a tooth needs cosmetic modification.
Preparing Your Tooth for a Crown
Thanks to CEREC technology, the traditional method for receiving a crown has become so much easier! Typically, a tooth would be examined and prepped for a crown, impressions would be made and then sent into a laboratory. At that point, the waiting game would begin as a remote lab prepared the permanent crown. It could be days or even weeks before your dentist would receive your crown and an appointment made to place it.
Using CEREC technology, all that waiting is a thing of the past! Now, using CEREC technology, the doctors at Triad Dentistry can examine, prep, and place the crown on your tooth in a single visit. A photo of the tooth needing the crown is taken and then sent into on-site computers From there, a CEREC milling machine prepares the crown from a porcelain block in as little as ten minutes. Once the crown is created, all that is left is for the doctor to place the crown over your tooth and send you on your way without the need for any follow-up appointments.
Dental Crowns – A cornerstone of Preventive and Cosmetic Dentistry
Save your tooth with a dental crown. Dental crowns are tooth shaped caps that are placed over teeth to restore their shape, size, strength and improve the appearance when needed. A crown once cemented in place will fully enclose the entire observable portion of the tooth.
This will ensure a natural appearance while providing long lasting protection. Thanks to CEREC technology offered by Dr. Steven Hatcher and his team at Triad Dentistry, patients who visit his practice can enjoy same day restorations.
No dental crown is meant to last forever but with proper care it can last for years. No special care is necessary other than maintaining healthy oral habits. Dental Crowns are available to patients for several reasons both cosmetic and for protection. If you believe that you may need to consider a dental crown, please give Dr. Hatcher and his team at Triad Dentistry a call today.
Dental crowns at Triad Dentistry - Dr. Steven Hatcher
What are dental crowns?
Hi, this is Dr. Steven Hatcher at Triad Dentistry. Frequently I get asked the question, what are dental crowns?
The dental crown is something that replaces the tooth structure. Not a crown like for a king that goes on your head, but a crown that goes on your tooth like an overlay.
Why would someone need a dental crown?
The reason why people would receive a dental crown is mainly for function. They’ve broken off a part of the tooth or a dental filling and it will not be strong enough to reinforce and protect the tooth.
Another reason is if you have cracked teeth. We chew on our teeth about 4000 times a day; over a lifetime, teeth can wear out and crack.
The crown removes the crack and restores the tooth to form and function. The other reason why people get crowns is for aesthetics.
Those are called veneers. It is like a porcelain covering which goes right in front of your teeth. It can literally transform someone’s smile and also changes people’s self-esteem.
Why should someone visit Triad Dentistry to get a dental crown?
One of the neat things we do here at Triad Dentistry is having a unique method of working with one of the top dental labs in the country.
We can do smile simulations where a patient who is interested in cosmetics can actually see what it would look like in their mouth. This is noninvasive and completely reversible.
We do a digital scan of your mouth, send that electronically to the lab, and then they send us a digital blueprint where we can place that in your mouth. Then you can smile and see what it looks like. It’s pretty incredible.
Please feel free to contact us if you need further information.
Caring for and replacing your dental crown
No dental crown is meant to last forever. But with proper care, it can last for years. No special care is necessary other than maintaining healthy oral habits. This includes brushing, flossing and rinsing. Regular dental visits will continue to be your best friend. Twice yearly cleanings and exams will allow the doctors at Triad Dentistry to see any developing issues before they become major. Also, it’s important to protect your crown during any physical activity in which you could injure your mouth by using a mouth guard. To put it simply, you should take care of your crown just as you would your natural teeth and it should last you for years to come. There are instances in which a crown may need to be replaced. Some of these situations include:
- Cracks or chips – If you have some bad habits such as biting your fingernails or chewing on ice, biting on pens, etc., you can crack your dental crown.
- Poor hygiene – While the crown itself may be safe from damage, the tooth underneath is not. Proper oral care is still needed, otherwise the tooth can still decay, and a new crown may be needed.
- Injury – Mouth injuries, especially during contact sports, are not uncommon. Whatever the cause for the injury may be, a mouth injury could cause your crown to be damaged as well. Using a custom fit mouthguard is recommended during any type of risky physical activity.
- Ill-fitting crown – If a crown placed on your tooth does not fit properly it can cause discomfort and issues with your bite. It’s important that you make sure, before you leave your appointment, that you are certain the crown is fit over your tooth comfortably.
Dr. Steven Hatcher
Dr. Chad Merrell
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Dental crowns are available to patients for several reasons, both cosmetic and for protection. If you believe you may need to consider a dental crown, please call Triad Dentistry today at (336) 383-1482 to set up an appointment.
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