Dental crowns--custom-made, tooth-shaped caps--are one of the most common types of restorations. Crowns restore dental function while enhancing the aesthetics of your smile. Dr. John M. Pinnix and Dr. George A. Betancourt, work carefully when designing dental crowns at our Charlotte, NC, practice, to ensure that they blend seamlessly with your smile. At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we can also often provide same-day crowns that are fabricated using our state-of-the-art CEREC® system.
Is a Dental Crown Right for You?
Our dentists use dental crowns to treat many different oral health issues, including:
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Eroded or decayed teeth
- Abnormally small teeth
- Unusually shaped teeth
- Rebuilding a tooth following root canal therapy
- Stains that do not respond to teeth whitening
Dental crowns restore both form and function to your teeth.
What to Expect when You Receive a Dental Crown
Before placing a crown, Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt will need to reshape your tooth. Your dentist will work carefully to remove tissue with minimal discomfort, and will then take impressions of your tooth. If you qualify for a same-day crown, your doctor will use our CEREC® system to take digital impressions. These images, used to design your custom restoration, will be uploaded into our in-office milling machine and the system will fabricate your crown in an hour or less. CEREC® uses solid, tooth-colored porcelain that is incredibly durable and has a natural sparkle, much like dental enamel.
A crown can enhance your appearance: after treatment, your smile may look brighter, healthier, and often, years younger.
If you are not receiving a same-day crown, Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt will take manual impressions and send them to our state-of-the-art dental lab. There, technicians can create a crown from an array of materials. We typically recommend porcelain or a similar substance because of its aesthetic appeal. However, our lab can also provide metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, if needed.
After your restoration is fabricated, your dentist will ensure that it fits correctly, taking your bite and the structure of your mouth and jaw into consideration. If you and your dentist are both happy with your restoration, your dentist will then attach it to the tooth.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns provide many functional and cosmetic benefits. Crowns can restore dental function to a severely damaged tooth, allowing you to eat a full and varied diet once again. Additionally, if you have a worn or unusually shaped tooth, a crown can restore the natural balance of your bite, reducing your risk of TMJ disorder and other dental issues triggered by misalignment. Finally, a crown can enhance your appearance: after treatment, your smile may look brighter, healthier, and often, years younger.