Do I Need a Dental Crown?
If the crown of your tooth is damaged or decayed, it needs to be restored. If you don’t repair a damaged crown, it can lead to an increased chance of a pulp infection and further damage. If there is a crack, the crack can continue to develop. You also will feel increased amounts of sensitivity and pain over time. If you have a filling, it can become loose.
If you wait too long to replace a damaged crown, you may risk an infection that leads to the need for a tooth extraction. At this point, you’ll need to consider a costly replacement of an entire tooth instead of a replacement of the crown.
Don’t put off having a dental crown placed. Your tooth crown won’t fix itself. Instead, reach out to Forest Hills Dental for CEREC same day crowns in Forest Hills NY.
CEREC Same-Day Crowns Placement Procedure
The placement procedure for CEREC same-day crowns is pretty simple and will take a relatively short amount of time.
The first step is setting an appointment with Forest Hills Dental to take a look at your tooth and see what restoration or repair options are available. If there is minimal damage, something as simple as dental bonding or a veneer may be enough to resolve the issue. If it is found that the damage or decay is more severe, a dental crown will need to be placed.
Dr. Mark will numb the tooth that is being reshaped to ensure your comfort. He then removes any damaged structures and old fillings. Next, he will reshape the remaining tooth to better fit the crown prosthetic.
Once the tooth has been reshaped, Dr. Mark will take a digital scan of the area. With CEREC, there are no trays or gooey materials to deal with. This makes CEREC an excellent option for those with a sensitive gag reflex.
After the area has been scanned, the shade of the ceramic will be selected. The onsite milling equipment is used to create the ceramic crown. Once the crown is ready, Dr. Mark will check to ensure the dental crown fits. When he is happy with the fit and aesthetic appearance, he will finish placing the dental crown.
Are There Alternatives to Dental Crowns?
If a dental crown is recommended, there generally isn’t a good alternative for replacement. With that said, Dr. Mark may suggest another, less invasive option if there is an alternative. Often this includes CEREC inlays or onlays. Onlays are also considered “partial crowns.” This is an option if there is still a significant portion of the natural crown that can be saved.
With that said, Dr. Mark will recommend what he believes to be the best repair option to meet your needs.
Avoiding a Dental Crown
In order to avoid a dental crown entirely, make sure you brush, floss, and rinse twice a day, every day. This will help to ensure the health of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. You should also visit Forest Hills Dental every six months for a cleaning and checkup. Dr. Mark will be able to catch any tooth decay early before it gets to the point where a dental crown is needed.
If you place sports, make sure you wear a mouthguard to keep your teeth safe and avoid damage. If you do damage a tooth or teeth, schedule an appointment as soon as possible for a repair.