A dental crown or cap will be used to restore the structure, form and function of your tooth. Often, your dentist will recommend a dental crown to repair tooth decay, cracked tooth or alongside a root canal procedure. Technology advances in dentistry make it possible for our dentists to complete a crown in a single visit to our Vancouver, WA office.
Same-Day Dental Crowns
A CEREC crown also known as a dental crown is one that can be completed in one visit to Cascade Dental. Our CAD CAM dental technology allows our dentist to image your tooth in 3-D. The image of your tooth feeds into the computer to aide in the design of your dental restoration. As a result, we make it possible to restore your tooth in a single appointment.
Most notably, not all dentists are qualified to provide advanced dentistry. First, dentists that offer CEREC crowns have integrated the advanced technology into their dental office. Next, dentists and their team have received many hours of advanced education beyond dental school. In fact, Dr. Daniel Wilson is a a mentor and visiting faculty member of the CEREC Doctors Group.
Repair a Cracked Tooth with a Crown
A crown is a favorable option to restore your cracked tooth. In fact, you may not know that one of your teeth are cracked. A crack can occur in your natural tooth from a dental injury, trauma or chewing hard candy. Also, cracks may occur in a large tooth filling. Your dentist will check for a cracked tooth each time you visit for a regular dental cleaning.
Single Tooth Crown
CAD CAM Crowns Are Durable
When a tooth’s structure is compromised, a crown rebuilds the tooth to optimal shape and function. Usually, a crown is made of ceramic or a composite material.
With a CAD CAM crown, your doctor uses state of the art technology to image your tooth in 3-D, which feeds into a computer to aid in designing the restoration. This technology makes it possible for your doctor to complete your crown in a single appointment.
First, your tooth is prepared to make room for the crown. Your dentist will scan your tooth, and the crown is made in your doctors office.
Once the crown is ready, your doctor will make final adjustments and cement it into place. At this point, your tooth is restored to optimal shape and function.
Fix a Cavity with a Crown
A dental crown may be used to repair a cavity that has developed in your mouth. A cavity, also referred to as dental caries or tooth decay is a breakdown of the tooth structure from acids. Acids can dissolve the hard tissues of your tooth. Consequently, the vulnerable softer tissues in your tooth are exposed to further decay.
For that reason, your tooth may need to be rebuilt with a crown or other dental restoration. Most important, progression of decay will spread quicker once it reaches softer tissue of the tooth below the enamel.
Filling vs Crown
Tooth Filling vs Crown using CAD CAM Technology
When a tooth has been compromised by decay, your doctor may choose to use a filling or a crown to repair it. There are some differences to consider when evaluating your options.
When repairing a small area of decay, a filling is a great option. A filling can be completed in a single appointment and is less expensive than a crown.
The cavity can be filled with a material called composite, which mimics the tooth’s natural shade and sheen. Once completed, the filling should stop the decay and keep the tooth healthy for a number of years.
Drawbacks of a filling can be a shorter comparative lifespan, and potential long-term issues like recurring decay and cracking.
Placing a crown is best when a tooth has been weakened by extensive decay, injury, or deterioration of a large filling. A crown procedure involves reducing the surface area of the whole tooth to remove the decay, and then covering it entirely with a restoration made of ceramic or composite.
Crowns are more durable and last longer than a filling and protect teeth from fracturing over time. While requiring a more involved procedure, a crown can also be completed in a single appointment when using digital scanning and onsite fabrication.
In the right circumstances, both a filling and a crown are excellent solutions for repairing decayed or damaged teeth. It is important that you consult with your doctor so that the right choice can be made based upon your unique needs.
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