- posted: Oct. 01, 2018
At Superstition Mountain Dental, Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn work hard to restore heavily damaged teeth. If you have lost a large amount of tooth structure due to decay, multiple fillings, or injury, you may be a candidate for a dental crown. Crafted from high-quality porcelain in one visit to Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ, a CEREC crown will cover that injured tooth and make it look brand-new.
What is a dental crown?
A crown is a tooth-shaped restoration which replaces damaged dental structure above the gum line. When your dentist covers your tooth with a crown, your tooth will look and function as if it were never:
- Poorly shaped
Also, crowns restore dental implants, strengthen and beautify teeth treated with root canal therapy, and anchor fixed bridgework to neighboring natural teeth, says the American Dental Association. All in all, a crown is one of modern dentistry's most reliable and versatile restorations.
Placing a dental crown
In his Gold Canyon office, your dentist will evaluate your tooth for the crown process. Simple visual inspection and digital X-rays tell Dr. Lovell or Dr. Scheerhorn if your tooth is healthy enough for a crown and if the supporting gums and jaw bone are viable. If they are, the doctor can proceed with the restoration.
At Superstition Mountain Dental, your dentist uses an innovative process to craft your crown. It's called CEREC, and it all happens in a single, one- to two-hour visit.
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Unlike traditional processes, CEREC treatments use CAD/CAM software to design and mill the crown. Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing make the crown in about 15 to 20 minutes right in the treatment room.
The dentist uses digital impressions and other instructions to tell the chairside apparatus how to shape and color the crown. Typically, these crowns look natural and fit perfectly right out of the CEREC machine. The doctor simply bonds them onto the prepared teeth.
Benefits of CEREC crowns
Chairside restorations mean:
- No sticky impressions
- No wait times for crowns to return from the lab
- A single in-and-out dental appointment
- A crown which usually lasts for years
Consult with us
As a patient at Superstition Mountain Dental, you know how skilled and compassionate our dental team is. Your dentist offers the best treatment plan geared to your immediate needs, cosmetic goals, and long-term health.
Why not call the office today to arrange a CEREC crown consultation in Gold Canyon, AZ? Restore that damaged tooth, and enjoy a complete smile. Phone (480) 671-7777.
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