Saving Your Smile While Saving You Time
- Posted on: Jul 21 2016
How valuable is your time? How much of that time do you want to spend at the dentist office?
We ask these questions because we know that “going to the dentist” probably is not on your list of favorite activities. At Clear Lake Dental Care, we enjoy spending time with all our patients, but we also understand that you would probably prefer to spend more time with your family than with us.
This is one of the reasons we offer CEREC dental crowns at our dentist office. With luck, you won’t ever need to come to our office in Webster, TX, to get one, but we think you will appreciate it if you ever do.
Why You May Need A Dental Crown
Dental crowns have been used for a long time to repair teeth. They are a basic part of restorative dentistry.
The good thing for today’s patients is the materials used in modern dental crowns are both stronger and more lifelike than ever before. This means they look like natural teeth, and they are made to last for decades.
Crowns can be and have been used to correct a fix of problems, including the following:
◼︎ Tooth Decay — Often, we fix a cavity with a filling if you realize that you have a cavity early or if we spot it during a routine cleaning and examination. If a cavity gets too large, then a filling won’t be as effective. In those cases, a dental crown is an excellent option to seal the tooth and restore its shape.
◼︎ Broken Teeth — Accidents happen. People break their teeth every day, and when they do, a dental crown can help.
◼︎ Cracked Teeth — If you bite into something that’s a little too hard, it’s possible that you could crack one of your teeth. The treatment will depend on the size and location of the crack, but a dental crown is often a good way to fix this problem.
◼︎ Infected Teeth — In this case, a dental crown would be part of the treatment. You may need a root canal procedure to remove the infection from your teeth, then a dental crown to seal and protect the tooth from reinfection.
◼︎ Discolored Teeth — It’s possible that a traumatic impact can affect one or a couple teeth and cause them to turn darker than the rest of your teeth. This is a situation when a dental crown can have a cosmetic benefit by restoring the original color of those teeth.
From a practical standpoint, CEREC crowns are made of porcelain. (CEREC is an abbreviation for ceramic reconstruction, in case you were wondering.)
Porcelain has become a common material for restorative dental care because it looks like real teeth, and it is strong enough to do the things teeth need to do, namely bite and chew food.
What sets CEREC apart from other crowns his how quickly you can get one.
With any typical dental crown procedure, we will need to remove a portion of your tooth. This may be the part that was damaged by an injury, that was weakened by decay, or that was discolored for some reason. The healthy part of your tooth serves as an abutment to support the crown.
At another dentist office, this is the point where you might receive a temporary crown. That office may have to order your dental crown from a laboratory, and it could take weeks to get the crown back. When it’s ready, you will need to make a second appointment to have the permanent crown placed on your tooth.
Hopefully, nothing will happen to your temporary crown in the meantime.
With CEREC, we are able to make your crown while you wait with our in-office milling machine. Using a computer program, we can design the shape of your dental crown.
The milling machine uses that information to reshape a cube of porcelain into the shape of a replacement tooth. Before you leave, we can bond your permanent dental crown.
You don’t have to get a temporary crown, and you don’t have to make a second appointment to finish the procedure.
Saving Time And Your Smile
While you may never need a dental crown, we want you to know that our dentists are ready to help if you live in or near Webster, TX. If something does happen to one of your teeth, keep in mind that Clear Lake Dental Care can fix it with our CEREC same-day dental crowns.
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