Whether you need to replace an existing cap or have a tooth that needs a crown, Owings Mills, MD dentist Dr. Ed Lazer can create a custom dental crown that looks and feels like a natural tooth. A dental crown is sometimes called a tooth cap or tooth crown. The dental crown covers the entire tooth, like a cap, and is permanently cemented into place.
As an experienced and highly trained dentist, Dr. Lazer will ensure that your dental crown is both aesthetically pleasing and supports your long term dental health with a comfortable fit. A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:
- To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking, or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth possibly from teeth grinding
- To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
- To cover and support a tooth with a large tooth filling when there isn’t enough tooth left
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth
- To restore a dental implant
- To strengthen a tooth after root canal therapy
About The Dental Crown Process
Initial Visit –Dr. Lazer will conduct a thorough examination of your overall dental health. Using diagnostic x-rays, molds and impressions, they will look for signs of decay, stress and instability that could compromise your results. This exam will help us to design a personalized treatment plan that will restore the tooth to optimal health and function. We are now doing many of our dental crown procedures with CEREC technology in our Owings Mills, MD cosmetic dentistry office. Dr. Lazer will evaluate your condition and choose the type of dental crown that is right for you. For anterior teeth, those in the smile zone, Dr. Lazer may prefer to use a dental laboratory.
Tooth Preparation – Once the treatment plan is finalized, Dr. Lazer will prepare the tooth/teeth by removing a small amount of the natural tooth structure to accommodate the dental crown. With CEREC® technology, the need for a temporary tooth cap is not necessary. Dr. Lazer will take digital images of the prepared tooth and create a digital 3-D model of the new dental crown. These images are used to fabricate a comfortable, beautiful and natural functioning dental crown using our onsite dental laboratory equipment. If Dr. Lazer chooses to use a dental laboratory to make your dental crowns, a temporary tooth cap will be placed on the tooth while the final restoration is being fabricated at the dental laboratory.
Final Restoration – For patients receiving a dental crown using CEREC® technology, their restoration can be created while they wait. In just one visit to our Owings Mills, MD dentist office, you may be fit with your final dental crown restoration. Otherwise, in 2-3 weeks, Dr. Lazer will place the dental crown created by the lab. Once you and Dr. Lazer are happy with the fit, look, and position of the crown, it will be bonded to the tooth and polished.
How Does CEREC Work?
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about dental crowns in our Owings Mills, MD and Baltimore, MD area dentist office, schedule an appointment with Dr. Lazer. We are currently welcoming new patients. Call (410) 697-6290 to schedule your complimentary consultation or request an appointment online.