Dental crowns are one of the most common dental treatments performed in our Kingsland dentist office. A dental crown is a “cap” that covers a tooth, giving it the appearance of a normal, healthy tooth, while adding strength and extending the life of the tooth. Dental crowns have wide ranging applications and can serve both cosmetic and restorative purposes with lasting results.
A dental crown may be recommended for the following situations:
To protect a weak tooth from breaking
To restore an already broken tooth or severely worn down tooth
To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left
To hold a dental bridge in place
To cover badly shaped or severely discolored teeth
To restore a dental implant and replace a missing tooth
A custom dental crown placed by an experienced and highly trained dentist such as Dr. Lassiter can resolve your concerns, stabilize your oral health and provide many years of comfortable, beautiful smiles. If you have damaged teeth or a cosmetic concern that a dental crown could address, contact our Kingsland dentist office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lassiter.
Dental Crowns: Before & After
This patient’s damaged smile was restored with a custom dental crown that blends with his existing teeth and supports long term oral health.
Same Day Crowns in Kingsland
When appropriate for your dental or cosmetic concern, Dr. Lassiter may recommend using CEREC to create your new dental crown, inlay or onlay. Dr. Lassiter is one of the few dentists in Kingsland, Georgia with CEREC 3D technology, which allows us to restore teeth with porcelain crowns in just one visit. CEREC uses the latest in digital CAD/CAM technology to design and fabricate a custom dental restoration during a single visit.
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic. This innovative technology uses computer-assisted design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to offer single-day restorations for patients. The restorations created are metal-free and tooth colored to restore your tooth to its natural beauty, strength and function.
Using a hand-held wand, Dr. Lassiter will take digital impressions of your teeth. Those images will be sent instantly to a computer where Dr. Lassiter uses sophisticated software to view high resolution images and analyze the bite for a custom fit dental crown.
The dental crown is milled in our Kingsland dental office while you wait – so there’s no need for temporaries or weeks of waiting for your permanent crown to be fabricated in a remote lab.
Restoring one tooth with CEREC usually takes less than one hour.
Benefits of CEREC single visit crowns include:
Advanced imaging instead of messy impression trays
Color-matching to blend with natural teeth
Created from metal-free material that mimics natural tooth enamel
Clinically proven and backed by more than 20 years of research
CEREC Dental Crown Process
Exam and Preparation
The first step is a consultation and exam with Dr. Lassiter. He will evaluate your condition and determine if CEREC is right for you. Depending on how much healthy tooth structure you have remaining, it may be a simple filling or you may need a crown. After reviewing your options, Dr. Lassiter will begin the process by administering anesthetic and preparing your tooth for restoration by removing decay and weakened tooth tissue.
Digital Dental Impression
One of the things that patients love most about CEREC is the digital impressions. Traditional impressions required uncomfortable trays and messy impression material. CEREC takes a three-dimensional scan of your tooth, which is instantly transmitted to a computer, where the CEREC® 3D software converts the digital image into a three-dimensional virtual model of the prepared tooth.
In Office Dental Lab
We have a special milling unit in our Kingsland dental office to create the custom restoration for the tooth. Based on the original color of your tooth, Dr. Lassiter will select the correct colored ceramic block. Once the milling process begins, it takes just a few minutes for the final dental crown to be created.
Placing the Dental Crown
Once the dental crown is complete, it is ready to be tried on to ensure that you get proper fit and bite. Dr. Lassiter will polish the crown and permanently bond it to your tooth. One visit dental crowns means no temporary restoration and no return trip to the dentist – saving you time and money.
Replacing Old Metal Caps
With the advancement of porcelain dental crowns and natural esthetics, many patients are coming to Dr. Lassiter to replace metal tooth caps. Replacing dental crowns is a simple procedure that can provide dramatic improvement in the appearance of the smile.
Cosmetic Dental Crowns
While there are many options for materials used in dental crowns. Dr. Lassiter often chooses a tooth colored material such as porcelain or zirconium because of their superior esthetics. These materials may be fused to metal to provide additional stability and durability. Cosmetic dental crowns do not discolor the gum area like conventional metal tooth caps. Especially when placed in the smile zone, metal free crowns are the gold standard for a beautiful, natural looking appearance.
Most patients will be candidates for CEREC dental crowns which are designed and fabricated in a single visit. This process saves both time and money, restoring teeth with a highly esthetic and durable dental crown.