What is a dental crown?
A tooth crown is used to reconstruct teeth damaged as a result of caries, advanced root canal treatment, or during bite reconstruction. Crowns can be attached to the artificial or natural roots of the patient’s teeth. In the case of artificial roots, we deal with implants and prosthetic reconstruction. The crown on the tooth recreates its visible part. Apart from prosthetic bridges, a tooth crown is a permanent prosthetic supplement. You cannot take it out. The purpose of the crown is to completely cover the tooth and protect its internal tissues. In prosthetics, it has a strengthening and protective function, and at the same time, has high aesthetic value. Our experienced dentist will ensure that the color of the dental crown matches the natural shade of the remaining teeth so that it does not stand out from the rest of your r
Application of CAD/CAM technique in dentistry
Until recently, making a crown or a dental bridge was a process that took several days to complete, requiring the involvement of multiple team members along with numerous patient visits to the office. Today, crowns can be created in less than an hour. How is this possible, you ask? Technological advances do not stand still, and digital dentistry has been developing intensely for the last thirty years. Thanks to computer technology, we can make porcelain crowns without the unpleasant process of taking impressions of your teeth, without sending the work to the prosthetic laboratory and patiently waiting for the product’s arrival. There is also no need to place temporary crowns.
In the CAD/CAM technique, the traditional impression has been replaced with an optical image. The intraoral scanner reproduces the ground teeth with high accuracy. The software makes it possible to design crowns with the most excellent precision that has been unattainable in the past.
Sam-Day Cerec Porcelain Tooth Crowns
Cerec tooth crowns belong to the group of all-ceramic porcelain crowns. These dental crowns are distinguished by the highest level of aesthetics. A porcelain dental crown is very similar to the structure of your natural tooth. They are currently the most advanced type of prosthetic crown.
The Cerec system allows us to make a physical copy of the tooth before its preparation. The dentist can register the bite before starting his work. In case your teeth are damaged, we can create the so-called mockup. With the help of the composite, we recreate the expected tooth shape and bite in order to obtain the patient’s approval.
When manufacturing crowns in the Cerec system, we have the ability to faithfully reproduce the shape of the tooth. This system allows us to make crowns during one visit! We use the highest quality porcelain and zirconium blocks for our creations. In addition to incredible accuracy and aesthetics, Cerec crowns are recommended for people allergic to metals. Many people struggling with gag reflex have a hard time during the process of obtaining traditional impressions. With our innovative solutions, we can bypass this troubling experience.
Implementing the Cerec system in our clinic has proven to be a great success, allowing us to perform effective prosthetic restorations.
When should you consider porcelain crowns?
At Kelly Road Dental Care, we recommend the use of dental crowns as prosthetic restorations in the reconstruction of root canal treated teeth or teeth with congenital lack of enamel. Teeth crowns will allow for the reconstruction of mechanically damaged teeth – cracked, broken, or very worn. A recommendation to insert a dental crown may be to protect a weak tooth from fracture, cover an implant, or fix a bridge. Another indication for the use of a dental crown is to mask a deformed tooth to match the appearance of the remaining teeth in the maxilla. If you have large cavities that cannt be filled with conventional methods, a porcelain crown is the option of choice.
Some contraindications exist, which may include:
- Patients with parafunctional habits, such as bruxism
- Unfavorable occlusions
- Immature or underdeveloped teeth
- History of crown breakage
- Untreated periodontal disease
How to take care of my new porcelain crown?
Dental hygiene with porcelain crowns does not differ significantly from standard oral care recommendations. Regular tooth cleaning, periodic check-ups, and a proper diet are all the activities suggested to every patient. Although porcelain is resistant to food dyes, the material has a strength similar to our natural teeth. For that reason, you should be extra cautious when consuming hard foods.
In order to avoid the growth of bacteria, it is recommended to clean the oral cavity thoroughly, paying particular attention to the place where the crown meets the gum. You should also gently clean the spaces between your teeth using dental floss.