A crown or a “cap” as it is sometimes referred to is a laboratory constructed restoration that is placed when a tooth is too badly broken down to receive a filling. Teeth that have fractured received root canal therapy or are badly decayed often times require a crown.
Crowns are made of many different types of materials from gold to porcelain depending on the functional and esthetic desires of the patient. In addition, crown onlays and inlays are a more conservative way to fix broken down teeth with a less aggressive preparation. They are made of tooth colored porcelain and protect the tooth from fracture. This allows the dentist to conserve more of your tooth structure and still provide a strong long lasting restoration.
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Creating In-Office Dental Restorations With Computers
Once upon a time, dentists – and patients – needed to wait weeks for a dental laboratory to make crowns and other dental restorations. Now, with an exciting digital technology known as Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM), some dentists are fabricating high-quality restorations themselves right in their own offices – in minutes!
If you’d like to know more about how you can improve your smile through cosmetic dentistry, schedule a consultation with us today!