Your teeth are responsible for several functions, as well as the aesthetics of your mouth. Even if a single tooth is lost, it can impact how you eat, speak, smile, and take care of your oral health. Fortunately, at Star City Dental, if your tooth is lost or damaged beyond repair, we can offer you multiple teeth restoration options, including porcelain crowns.
What is a Porcelain Crown?
A porcelain crown is an artificial cap made up of high-grade porcelain that is placed on top of your natural tooth or an implant to replace a lost or to support a damaged tooth. It is in the shape of the part of tooth that is visible above the gumline.
A porcelain crown can be made in a dental lab or it can be made within a dental clinic and placed in your mouth on the same day, using CEREC technology.
What are CEREC Crowns?
CEREC stands for Chairside Economic Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics and can be used to create chair-side high-grade porcelain crowns.
These crowns are made using CAD/CAM technology and are quite popular because they allow you to stroll out of the dentist office in just a couple of hours with a full smile.
At Star City Dental, Dr. Melanie Fulton and Dr. Meghan Hungerford will first numb the area around the affected tooth to prevent any discomfort during the procedure. The tooth will then be shaved down to accommodate your crown.
Once the tooth has been prepared, we will take the impression of your mouth using an intraoral camera, which will take 3D imagery of your tooth. The pictures will then be sent to a monitor screen where we will zoom it and make some final changes to it using the CAD/CAM technology.
The impression will then be sent to a milling machine, which will then create a dental crown from a high-grade porcelain block in just minutes.
We will then use a resin cement material, which will stick the crown to your tooth.
Benefits of a Porcelain Crown
If you want to have a strong, white, and natural looking tooth, a porcelain crown is a good choice:
Limitations of a Porcelain Crown
Porcelain crowns also come with a few limitations:
Porcelain crowns are very effective tooth restoration options and they also cost a lot so you need to take care of them by exercising good oral hygiene and lifestyle habits. Porcelain crowns, or any dental crown for that matter, cannot prevent bacteria from re-infecting your tooth so good oral care is a must.
If you are concerned about your dental health, call us today at (402) 858-0525 to schedule a consultation with us so that we can discuss your treatment option.