Dental crowns are a very common treatment. About 1 in 3 or 4 American adults have at least one crown, and many people have several. When most people think of dental crowns, they think of bad cavities, but this isn’t always the case. You might be surprised what dental crowns can do for your mouth.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are a cap that covers your natural tooth. Unlike porcelain veneers, dental crowns cover all surfaces of your tooth. The goal of this treatment is to “shore up” a weakened natural tooth, as well as to improve cosmetics.
Reasons to Get Crowns
Most commonly, crowns serve as a restorative treatment. They are a very versatile treatment, and can be used to address complaints including:
- Advanced cavities and decay
- A cracked or broken tooth
- Severe wear
- “Soft” teeth, or teeth with little or no enamel
- Missing teeth, when used with a dental implant
While traditionally crowns have been made of unsightly metal, Dr. Ed Lazer prefers dental porcelain. This modern material is both durable and indistinguishable from your natural teeth. The aesthetic value of porcelain means that dental crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes, including:
- Covering a misshapen tooth
- Correcting permanent discoloration
What to Expect
Because of the milling process, many other dental offices spread dental crown treatment over two appointments. Thanks to CEREC technology, Cosmetic & Advanced Dentistry is proud to offer single-visit crowns. CEREC is a digital imaging technology that replaces dental impressions by creating a digital 3D model of your mouth. CAD/CAM technology digitally designs the crown, and it is fabricated using our in-office milling system. Accurate placement is easier than ever with digital imaging, so we can quickly and correctly place your new crown.
Schedule a Consultation
Cosmetic & Advanced Dentistry in Owings Mills, MD is one of only a few offices in the Baltimore area offering same-day crown service. To schedule a consultation to discuss placing a new crown or replacing an old one, contact our office on our website or at (410) 697-6290.