Why Do I need a Crown?
Large Filling: If you’ve had a filling that takes up more than 2/3 of your tooth, the remainder of your tooth will be weak and prone to cracks, so a crown is necessary to reinforce it. Sometimes , your dentist may replace an old filling with a crown if your tooth has fractured or broken from daily stress.
Root Canal: The root canal process takes a lot of material out of a tooth, so a crown address the strength and support needed to make sure your tooth stays healthy.
Cracked teeth: Sometimes teeth can crack on the inside and become painful while chewing. Dr. Kirol will install a crown in order to alleviate this pain to make sure that the tooth doesn’t crack more.
What are CEREC crowns?
CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) crowns are completely ceramic crowns that camouflage with your other teeth, giving your smile a more natural appearance, while providing you with a strong crown for your teeth.
How are CEREC crowns different?
When you come in for your appointment, Dr. Kirol will prepare your tooth for the crown then take a three dimensional picture of the tooth with the CEREC machine. With this picture, he can precisely design your crown and match its color to that of your teeth. The machine will then shape your new crown from a ceramic block. The CEREC crown is created completely from ceramics, leaving you with a natural looking crown rather than one with a visible black line. Since we have the machine in our office and the crown is completely computer generated, we can install your crown in just one sitting! No need for multiple appointments.
What are Lab crowns?
At least two dental visits are typically needed to prepare a tooth for a lab crown to be placed. The purpose of the first dental visit is to examine and prepare the tooth that is to be crowned and create an impression of the tooth so that the crown can be constructed at a dental laboratory.