Dental crowns – no need to panic, save your tooth with a dental crown

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps thar 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 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 tooth 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 Dr. Hatcher 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, Dr. Hatcher 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 Dr. Hatcher 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

Dental Crowns – A cornerstone of Preventive and Cosmetic Dentistry
Dental care is an important aspect of our lifestyle. Your smile is the first reflection of your personality, self-esteem, and overall general well-being. See below how Dental Crowns effectively restore your smile and tooth function.
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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 Dr. Hatcher 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. Hatcher, using CEREC technology, can craft top quality dental crowns using porcelain in only a single appointment.
While many dentists will require multiple visits, Dr. Hatcher is able to place your crown in a single visit thanks to CEREC technology. He can scan your tooth, send it to an on-site computer program and have that sent to a milling machine to craft your crown out of a porcelain block. Once the crown is created, it is then placed over the affected tooth. Dr. Hatcher is always available to provide specifics related to your situation, so please feel free to ask.
With proper oral hygiene and care, and with regular visits to your dentist, a dental crown can last as long as 15 to 20 years.
No. A root canal is not required to place a crown. While all root canals will require a crown be placed after, not all teeth will need a root canal in order to receive a crown.
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Triad Dentistry

Dr. Steven Hatcher

A graduate from the University of North Carolina, Dr. Hatcher majored in biology and completed his undergraduate studies there. At UNC, he was awarded a cancer research grant from the National Institutes of Health after which he graduated from dental school.

Dr. Hatcher is a passionate and driven professional who strives to preserve and enhance natural beauty in every dental treatment. He is keen on developing an individualist approach when it comes to treating his patients to ensure patient care is a tailor-made experience for the comfort of each client.

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 give Dr. Hatcher and his team at Triad Dentistry a call today at (336) 383-1482 to set up an appointment.