At Library Park Dental, using advanced technology we can fabricate a crown for you in one visit. Dr. Chiappetta, Dr. Haugstad and Dr. Hickson all have received extensive training in CEREC technology. In fact, Dr. Chiappetta has taught dentists from all over the country how to use this specialized technology.
After preparing your tooth, high precision digital photography is used to take thousands of tiny pictures of your prepared tooth, surrounding teeth, and how your upper and lower jaws meet. A computer using advanced CAD software creates a proposal for a crown. The dentists can then adjust the proposal to make sure that the new crown is a perfect fit. Then the directions for the crown are sent to a milling device here in the office. The crown is milled out of a block of solid porcelain that is chosen to match the shade of your teeth.
The crown is then bonded to the prepared surface, giving you a durable, attractive restoration in just one visit.
But Why Is a Crown Necessary?
Crowns are needed for several reasons. You might have had a very large cavity or a root canal and the amount of tooth structure that is left might be small. Without the crown protecting the rest of the tooth, a fracture could develop, which would require the extraction of the tooth. The location and size of the filling needed would determine whether the dentists can fill the tooth or whether a crown is needed. After a root canal, the tooth is hollowed out, and it is predisposed to cracking without the protection that a crown gives.
Sometimes there is a crack in the tooth or a cusp of the tooth has broken off. Depending on the location and depth of the crack, a crown can be used to maintain the life of the rest of the tooth. Our goal is to preserve the integrity of as much of your tooth as possible.
There are times that crowns are used because of spaces between teeth or other undesirable appearance issues such as shape or color of the teeth. We do smile makeovers where a few well-placed crowns can completely improve your smile!
At Library Park Dental, we want to extend the life of your teeth. If a crown is needed, we will show you why we recommend it. Contact us today if you have any questions about crowns or are interested in how crowns can improve your smile.