Millions of smiles need restoration using dental crowns each year. Dr. Rick Dentistry is proud to offer different options, including traditional and CEREC crowns, to preserve damaged or compromised teeth with durable, incredibly natural-looking and feeling results. Dr. Rick and his team will work with you to determine the best type of restoration based on your unique needs. You can always count on us for outstanding, completely customized dental care!
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown, or a cap, is a restoration that encases the part of a tooth that is visible above the gum line. Crowns offer an excellent restorative solution to strengthen and preserve damaged, weak, cracked, or deeply decayed teeth, or those that have undergone dental procedures such as root canal therapy. When placed, a crown restores a tooth's natural form, strength, and function.
CEREC vs.Traditional Crowns
While traditional crowns serve a purpose when it comes to strengthening and repairing damaged teeth, CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) takes restoration to the next level. These impressive crowns are made with the help of CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) for improved design and precision.
CEREC crowns are made of ceramic, one of the strongest and most durable substances available for dental crowns. It is an ideal material for aesthetic purposes because it can be color and texture-matched to the surrounding teeth, leaving you with a seamless smile.
Unlike traditional dental crowns, which typically require two or more dental appointments, our cutting-edge CEREC technology allows Dr. Rick to treat a tooth and design, mill, and place a fully customized crown, all in one office visit! With CEREC, you don't have to deal with messy mouth impressions or with temporary crowns. You won't have to worry about a crown not fitting properly and having to be sent back to the lab to be re-cast. Best of all, CEREC ensures the best fit for unparalleled comfort and satisfaction.
The CEREC Crown Procedure
The procedure involves preparing the tooth, just as with a traditional crown, then using a digital scanner to create images that are transferred to a computer that renders a 3D model of your restoration. The template is beamed to a milling machine that creates a new crown from one block of ceramic. The last step is cementing your CEREC crown for a healthy, beautiful smile.
What Type of Dental Crown Is Best For You?
Different needs warrant different types of crowns. Dr. Rick will evaluate your unique situation to determine which type of dental crown best suits your needs. We are here to answer any questions you may have about traditional crowns, CEREC, or any other aspect of your oral health.
Quality Dental Crowns Near Me
Visit Dr. Rick's dental practice in Scottsdale, AZ, to learn more about how our traditional and CEREC crowns restore healthy, functional smiles. We are proud to utilize state-of-the-art technology and cutting-edge techniques to deliver quality, durable restorations. We look forward to caring for all your dental needs. Call us and schedule your appointment today!