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Dental crowns have been used as a trusted restorative solution for millions of patients. A crown is a custom cap that is either placed over a damaged or badly decayed tooth or over a dental implant to renew its function and appearance. In addition to working with an advanced dental lab, Drs. Joe McIntyre, Dan Whiting, Kelsey Rockey, and Bryant Ash offer same-day dental crowns made in-office at our Bridgewater, VA, practice using innovative CEREC® (chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics) technology. The type of crown that is right for you will depend on your unique needs, goals, and budget. To schedule an appointment and learn more, contact our practice today.
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Benefits of Dental Crowns
These versatile restorations offer a diverse range of benefits. If you have a tooth that has chipped, cracked, or suffered another form of damage, a crown can reinforce its structure and bring balance back to your bite. For some patients, crowns are used as a cosmetic treatment to enhance the appearance of worn or discolored teeth. In addition, crowns are also frequently used as the final phase of root canal therapy. If you will be receiving a traditional dental bridge, this type of restoration will typically be secured in place by dental crowns on each end.
Receiving a Traditional Dental Crown
At Smiles for Life, we offer both traditional and same-day dental crowns. Each type offers its own unique set of benefits, and we will explain them in detail during a personal consultation. Receiving a traditional dental crown is a two-step process. During your first appointment, we will begin treatment by cleaning your tooth. Next, Dr. McIntyre, Dr. Whiting, Dr. Rockey, or Dr. Ash will reshape the tooth. This step is performed in order to create an ideal bonding surface for your crown and ensure that it remains in proper alignment with surrounding teeth. We will then take detailed impressions of the reshaped tooth and send them to our partner laboratory. We have worked with the same dental lab for a decade because of the outstanding restorations they provide. Skilled ceramists at the lab will use the impressions to custom craft your crown so that it will blend flawlessly with your smile. Depending on your goals and budget, your crown can be made from several different materials. When your crown is finished, you will return to our practice to ensure a proper fit before having it bonded securely in place.
These versatile restorations offer a diverse range of benefits. If you have a tooth that has chipped, cracked, or suffered another form of damage, a crown can reinforce its structure and bring balance back to your bite. For some patients, crowns are used as a cosmetic treatment to enhance the appearance of worn or discolored teeth.
Receiving a Same-day Dental Crown
Unlike many other practices, we proudly offer same-day dental crowns thanks to our in-office CEREC® machine. To prepare your tooth for a same-day crown, we will clean it and reshape it. After taking impressions of the tooth, the information will be uploaded to the CEREC® machine. Your crown will then be milled from a block of dental-grade porcelain. The entire fabrication process can be completed in less than 30 minutes, and you can relax with a cup of coffee while you wait or actually watch your crown be milled. Once the crown is ready, we will bond it in place to instantly repair your smile.
Learn More about Traditional and Same-day Crowns
To learn more about the types of crowns we offer, schedule an appointment at Smiles for Life today.