A prosthetic crown can restore a heavily-damaged tooth to prevent further damage. It improves the appearance of the tooth while maintaining its functions.
What is a dental crown?
A crown is a permanent single (or partial) dental prosthesis that resembles a small hat. It is custom-made so that it fits the tooth precisely and perfectly matches your natural teeth.
Crowns can be made using different materials such as resin, porcelain, ceramic, metal or a ceramic-metal alloy. This type of restoration is solid, beautiful-looking and lasts about 10 years.
Situations requiring a crown
Just one appointment needed
Dr Elias Malouf’s clinic uses CEREC technology to create ceramic crowns using computer-assisted design in just a few steps:
- A digital impression is made of your tooth
- The tooth is prepped
- A digital impression is made of the prepped tooth
- A 3D model of the restoration is created on the computer
- The ceramic piece is milled
- The restoration is installed
This approach enables ceramic prostheses to be ready in just one appointment. You’ll immediately feel better, without the need for a second appointment.
At Dentistes sur Drummond we offer also the service of crowns on implants
Inlays are used to reconstitute a heavily-damaged tooth. For example, an inlay can be used in lieu of a very large filling or if the tooth is fractured. It can also be used instead of resin- or amalgam-based repairs.
Inlays and dental technology
Thanks to CEREC technology, a ceramic inlay can be designed and produced in just one appointment. Using a digital impression of your tooth and computer-assisted design, the restoration is designed in 3D and sent to the dental clinic’s milling station. In just a few minutes, the restoration is ready to be installed.
This type of inlay is very solid and durable, in addition to being biocompatible.
Advantages of inlays
Gold can also be used. Although the result won’t be as esthetic, gold is very strong and long-lasting.
To replace one or several missing teeth, a dental bridge is a quick, durable solution.
What is a bridge?
A bridge is a permanent dental prosthesis made up of an artificial tooth (pontic) secured between two crowns. The crowns are attached to adjacent teeth so that the pontic fills the empty space.
It can replace one or several teeth, as long as the teeth supporting the crowns are healthy.
Bridges can be ceramic-metal, all-ceramic or composite resin.
Installing a bridge
- The supporting teeth are prepped
- Digital impressions are taken for a custom-made, single-piece prosthesis
- A temporary bridge is installed
- The permanent bridge is installed
Two appointments are usually needed for this procedure. However, with CEREC technology, some ceramic bridges can be designed, produced and installed in just one appointment.