Over time teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and other problems. If you are self conscious about your smile because of cracked, broken, decayed or worn teeth, crowns can restore or create a healthy, natural looking smile. If we notice that a tooth is weakened by a large filling, is cracked, or has a large fracture, a crown may be the best course of treatment to prevent additional problems in the future. Crowns function like natural teeth and are designed to protect your teeth from further damage.
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or entirely gold or other metal. To maintain a natural look and feel, a porcelain finished crown is best, because porcelain can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. Our dentists continue to use an outside lab to to prepare some crowns using traditional materials in the traditional manner.
Marks Family Dentistry is one of the very few offices to invest in CEREC, cutting edge technology that allows us to make excellent fitting, asethetic porcelain crowns right in our office! After the tooth is prepared, digital photographs are used to digitally design a crown that perfectly matches your bite and the contours of your tooth. The information is transferred to a manufacturing device that mills the porcelain crown in minutes while you watch. Because there are no distortions created by the traditional impression materials, dental stone or metals, CEREC crowns require fewer adjustments and provide excellent comfort. Some of the greatest advantages are:
- They can be completed in a single appointment
- They have a translucency that makes them appear more like natural teeth
- They eliminate the dark line at the gum line
- They eliminate impressions that cause some patients to gag
- They eliminate temporary crowns
- They are comparable in cost to traditional crowns
Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years. You should care for them with regular brushing and flossing, just as you care for your other teeth. Call us today, if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.