Kingston, PA dentist offers patients beautiful, same-day porcelain dental crowns
Dental crowns are a common restoration that can be used to improve the function, strength, and appearance of your tooth. They are most commonly used when teeth have broken, become worn down, or have been impacted by tooth decay. When patients in Kingston, PA need strong, natural-looking dental crowns, they turn to the team at Lawrence Dental Group. Even better, they can be completed a single visit using the revolutionary CEREC technology, saving you both time and the hassle of dealing with temporary crowns.
How Dental Crowns Work
A dental crown is a cap that is cemented into place over an existing tooth, covering the entire visible portion of the tooth above the gum line. The dental crown becomes the new outer surface of your tooth, strengthening it and hiding cosmetic imperfections. Dental crowns can be made from a variety of materials: porcelain, ceramic, zirconia, metal, or a combination of materials. We can recommend the best dental crown option based on the location of the tooth and the goals you have for the appearance of your smile; however, many of our patients choose ceramic crowns because they can be fabricated using CEREC technology in one visit while you wait comfortably, rather than needing to wait with a temporary crown while your permanent crown is made.
The CEREC Dental Crown Process
The process for getting a dental crown traditionally required two visits to the office for it to be designed and placed. However, with CEREC technology, it is all done in the same visit. First, the tooth is prepared by removing a small portion of the enamel so that the crown will slide easily over the tooth and blend in with the rest of your teeth.
We then take use a high-tech digital camera to take images within your mouth. These images take the place of physical impressions of your teeth, and allow for the final crown to be more precisely and perfectly created to fit your tooth. The CEREC machine uses these digital impressions to mill your crown out of a block of ceramic while you wait comfortably in the office. Our patients can even watch their crown being made! Then, we place the crown in your mouth and ensure that it has the perfect fit before cementing it onto your tooth.
Caring for your dental crowns
Regardless of the whether you get a CEREC crown or a traditional crown made of a different material, caring for it is the same as caring for your natural tooth. Make sure to brush every day and floss between teeth to prevent the buildup of plaque that can lead to decay. It’s also important to maintain routine dental visits and avoid using your teeth to open packages or bite on hard objects as it could damage the crown.
Schedule a dental crown appointment near Kingston, PA today
Dental crowns are a great way to protect and enhance your oral health and the beauty of your smile, and with CEREC technology, you can walk into the office and have a beautiful, durable crown placed on the same day. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Lawrence, please call us today at (570) 852-2650.