Crowns are used to repair badly decayed, fractured, discolored, or misaligned teeth. They are "caps" which are permanently cemented over your remaining tooth structure. Normally, fitting a crown requires at least two appointments. During the first visit, a model of the tooth is made and a temporary crown is inserted. After a dental laboratory crafts a crown from your model, the temporary one is removed and the permanent crown is cemented into place. However, with CEREC-3D technology, our office is capable of custom creating and inserting a permanent crown- all in one visit! An image of your tooth is captured by a camera and projected onto a computer screen, where we can modify, design, and shape your crown with absolute precision. It is then cut out from an advanced porcelain material and permanently fixed into place. The process is more convenient and less time consuming than one made in the laboratory.
It is important to replace a tooth as soon as possible, or the missing gap may cause a chain reaction of problems. Surrounding teeth may drift out of line, change your bite, and place additional stress on your jaw joint when you chew. It is also much harder to clean your teeth once they have shifted. A bridge can be used to replace one or several teeth. The adjacent teeth serve as anchors and are prepared and fitted for crowns. The replacement tooth is then attached to the two crowns to "bridge" the open space. Since the crowns are cemented to your two healthy teeth, the bridge is permanent and cannot be removed.