East Wenatchee, WA
Sometimes teeth become damaged by trauma, decay, or even previous dental restorations that need to be replaced. In many of these cases the teeth will not be able to continue functioning properly without some help. Usually when a tooth suffers structural issues from which it cannot recover on its own we can give it a new lease on life with the help of dental crowns – a restorative procedure in which a cap is placed over the tooth in order to give it it’s form and function back.
What is a crown?
Dental crowns are restorations that are placed on top of an existing tooth. They are made to give you back the ability to eat and speak with ease. Dental crowns are able to last a long time, with proper at home and professional care they can last well over a decade. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, zirconia, ceramic, and a number of amalgamations of those materials, like porcelain fused to metal.
The Process to Receive a Crown
Unlike typical restoration, which require you to wear a temporary crown and return for a second appointment, CEREC restoration are created the same day, right in our practice. Color matched, metal free and highly durable, CEREC delivers the results you need in a single appointment.
CEREC uses a state-of-the-art 3D camera to create a digital impression of the affected tooth. This digital image replaces the physical impression required in traditional procedures, so you don’t have to wait while a tray of goopy impression material hardens in your mouth. Using CEREC software, we will design every detail of your restoration with precise accuracy, ensuring the best possible fit.
While you wait, your all ceramic restoration will be created in our onsite milling machine. Then, we’ll fit, polish and bond the restoration.
Once the dental crown has set, it will function just like a normal tooth, restoring your smile and chewing abilities.
Long Term Care of Dental Crowns
Caring for your crowns is easy – brush twice a day and floss once a day. That’s right, all you need to do is take care of your teeth as you normally would and your crown will last you a long time. It is important that you not forget to come into our office twice a year so that we can inspect your crown and ensure that everything is happy and healthy.
Please call our office at (509) 886-8833 to schedule an appointment. Remember, if your gums bleed easily and are constantly red or swollen, you should call us and schedule an appointment. Bleeding and irritated gums are a sign of gum disease and shouldn’t be ignored.