Today, we eat “fast” food, drive through quickie car washes, and get a tan in a brief indoor session. We’ve become accustomed to immediate or rapid results, mostly due to advanced technology and techniques that speed up a process.
While dentistry is best performed in an unhurried pace, advanced technology has helped to minimize treatment time for a number of procedures. For example, teeth whitening and some other cosmetic dentistry can be performed in just one appointment.
As technology, techniques and materials have advanced over the years, the process of having a tooth ‘crowned’ (or ‘capped’) has also moved ahead of the prior procedure that required weeks for completion.
Why are crowns needed?
When a tooth is damaged, it sometimes needs a protective ‘shell’ to prevent losing it in the future. For example, when a tooth has several fillings or is cracked, it is advised to have a crown placed over the tooth to protect the remaining natural structure.
Without the crown to preserve the tooth, it is vulnerable to breaking below the gum line. When this occurs, the tooth can no longer be saved and must be removed. When a natural tooth is lost, it means the patient is left with the decisions and costs of replacing it.
If a natural tooth is not replaced, it can distract from your smile’s appearance, sending a message that is negative. Even when a missing tooth is not visible, it can lead to bite misalignment.
This occurs when neighboring teeth are no longer held in their positions by the tooth that was once present. An open space in the mouth can cause the tooth above or below to elongate. It can also enable adjacent teeth to tilt inward to the open area.
Teeth that shift, even slightly, can lead to chips, breaks, fractures, and cracks. It can also cause TMJ problems. The TMJ refers to your jaw joints that hinge the lower jaw to the skull. When these joints become stressed, it can lead to migraines, frequent headaches, jaw popping, dizziness, and ear ringing.
TMJ disorders can also result in night-time clenching and/or grinding of teeth during sleep. Known as “bruxing,” this can lead to worn, broken, or fractured teeth.
In our Demotte dental office, we have incorporated the advanced technology of CEREC 3D to greatly simplify this process for the patient. If you need a crown but have delayed treatment because of the time involved and dread of wearing a temporary, this is good news!
CEREC minimizes treatment time since there is no second appointment needed to have the final restoration placed after a dental lab creates it. It also eliminates the need for the insecurity of wearing a temporary and having a second numbing. And, since we create the restoration (crown) here, shade matching is more exact rather than having to rely on a dental lab to adhere to specific tints.
As a dentist who is highly experienced in this technology, I especially like that our patients enjoy so many benefits. They are more relaxed, knowing the process condenses appointment time and provides nearly immediate results.
The CEREC process also saves patients from having an additional numbing injection, and requires no temporary to worry over. Our CEREC patients are able to leave our office with a durable, beautiful ceramic restoration – in a single visit.