Dental Crowns: A Royal Repair for Your Smile

Atlanta GA General DentistA dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth to restore its size, shape, strength, and appearance. Dental crowns have been used as cosmetic dental procedures for centuries, and luckily they have improved a great deal. Dental crowns can be dated as far back as the Egyptians, who used are known to have used wooden crowns for those of lower class and pure gold for pharaohs. Today, dental crowns are typically constructed out of durable resin so that they look like natural teeth within the mouth.

Dental crowns can be used both restoratively and cosmetically. When used as a restorative procedure, dental crowns have the purpose of restoring the strength of a tooth so that it can successfully remain inside the mouth. A weak, cracked, or broken tooth can be restored by placing a crown over the tooth. Oftentimes, a tooth that is severely broken is not strong enough for a dental filling, or because there is not enough tooth surface left for a filling to be placed. In this instance, a dental crown can be created to make up for the missing structure while also giving the mouth a complete tooth from the surface.

Any time it can be avoided, a tooth is not extracted from the mouth. The jaw bone is dependent upon the teeth providing structure and stability. When a tooth is lost or pulled out, there is a gap in the smile as well as a gap in the jaw bone’s support system. The roots of the teeth are deeply implanted in the jaw bone. When a tooth root is missing, the jaw bone will begin to weaken and deteriorate around the gap. Dental crowns typically cover the tooth root (or a tooth that has been restored by a root canal) to allow the jaw bone to stay completely supported. Dental crowns are also used in dental implants. A crown is the visible tooth that covers the implanted post within the jaw. This restorative use of dental crowns provides stabilization that not only supports the jaw bone, but also supports neighboring teeth and prevents further, more extensive dental work from becoming necessary.

Dental crowns are also used as a cosmetic dental procedure to restore the appearance of a person’s smile. Chipped, cracked, broken teeth, misshapen, and severely discolored teeth can all be enhanced by dental crowns. Having a beautiful, complete smile is important to the majority of people throughout the United States. Dental crowns allow for a person’s smile to have a uniformed appearance by creating a crown that matches a person’s natural teeth. The most common uses for cosmetic dental crowns are:

  • Repairing a damaged or broken tooth
  • Hiding the loss of tooth enamel due to grinding of the teeth
  • Hiding severe discoloration that cannot be lifted by whitening procedures
  • Strengthening the tooth after root canal surgery
  • Providing extra protection for a tooth that has received a large filling
  • Preventing the further spread of decay in a weakened tooth
  • Repairing a tooth that cannot support direct composite bonding

Dental crowns involve two stages, both of which can be performed right in our office. Stage one involves the dentist preparing the tooth to receive the crown. The tooth will be cleaned and then reshaped. This reshaping is done under local anesthesia to prevent pain or discomfort during the procedure. Once the tooth is reshaped, the CEREC imagery equipment creates a 3-D image of the tooth. This image is sent to the milling unit of the CEREC machine, where the ceramic dental crown is created. Once the crown is milled, it will be fitted into place, bonded, and polished.

At Pure Dental Health, you do not have to be of royal descent to receive a crown. Using CEREC technology, we create durable, beautiful crowns in a single visit to restore the appearance, strength, stability, and health of your smile. Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment. We accept most forms of dental insurance and offer CEREC one-day crowns at competitive prices.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Justin Scott
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2285 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (678) 666-3642

CEREC Same Day Dental Crowns  

Atlanta GA Same Day Dental CrownsTraditional dental crowns have been used for decades to repair a cracked or broken tooth. While this method has had great success for the patients’ oral health, multiple dental visits were needed to create a perfect crown for each individual mouth. This required time, patience, and flexibility on the patients’ part that is not always easy to achieve. Tight work schedules, travel inconveniences, and being left with a temporary (and often uncomfortable) crown was never an ideal situation for patients who needed to receive a dental crown. At Pure Dental Health, we are pleased to offer same day dental crowns with our latest technology: CEREC.

Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC) uses CAD/CAM technology to develop and create customized dental crowns in a single dental visit. Essentially, the CEREC system allows dental crowns to be a chairside treatment, particularly for those who need only a single tooth restoration. CEREC can create precise restorations for multiple teeth in a single visit as well, it will simply take a bit longer. The CEREC system uses Computer Aided Design (CAD) technology to take an accurate picture of the damaged tooth and transfers the “optical impression” to a computer screen. From here, the dentist uses CAD to design the custom restoration. The Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) takes over and automatically creates the restoration.

How CEREC works:

The technology of CEREC allows Pure Dental Health to further meet the needs of their patients with accurate and fast dental crowns. For patients who come in for a dental emergency or who have made an appointment for a dental crown, the process is no longer a grand ordeal. Our streamlined development of customized crowns utilizes the accuracy of CEREC to create a dental restoration with as little disruption to your day as possible. For a single tooth restoration, the entire process takes around an hour. Our dental staff can economically restore damaged teeth in a single appointment using a high-quality ceramic material that matches the natural color of the teeth.

CEREC uses Computer Aided Technology that incorporates a camera, computer, and milling machine in one instrument. The specialized camera is used to take an accurate picture of the damaged tooth and the surrounding tissue and neighboring teeth. This “picture” is the optical impression, making the need for messy and uncomfortable biting impressions no longer necessary. The optical impression is then transferred and displayed on a color computer screen, where the dentist uses CAD technology to accurately design the restoration. Once the design has been created and it has been “placed” on the computer screen to ensure proper fit with the mouth structure, the CAM takes over and automatically creates the restoration while the patient waits. Once the milling of the restoration is complete, the dentist will bond the new restoration to the surface of the old tooth. The restoration will have a precise fit, and it will match the natural color of the neighboring teeth so that it will be undetectable inside the mouth.

With this technology, patients no longer have to feel self-conscious about silver fillings that discolor their smiles. This revolutionary technology also eliminates the need for multiple dental visits, making it much more convenient to the patient. The research, documentation to support, and proven success of CEREC technology have opened the door for precise, safe, and effective dental restorations.

Pure Dental Health is proud to offer this amazing technology to all of our patients. We strive to provide excellence throughout all of our dentistry services, and CEREC is just our latest approach in our goal of optimal dentistry.

Contact our practice today to learn more about CEREC or to schedule an appointment.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Justin Scott
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Pure Dental HealthAtlanta Dentist
2285 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (678) 666-3642