About Dental Crowns
A dental crown is often referred to as a “tooth cap” because it covers the entire tooth surface. When placed effectively, a dental crown will provide additional strength and improved aesthetics.
A dental crown may be recommended for a range of concerns:
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Crooked tooth
- Replace metal fillings
- Strengthen a tooth after a root canal
Dental crowns can play an important role in the maintenance of your natural teeth, helping to keep them healthy and functional for as long as possible.
About CEREC Technology
Dr. Mazhari has incorporated advanced technology into our Alexandria dentist office to provide you with faster, more accurate treatments and lasting results.
CEREC is a CAD/CAM technology that allows us to design, fabricate and place a high quality ceramic crown during a single visit. For today’s busy patients, this makes receiving the dental care you need more convenient and less uncomfortable.
Your procedure will begin with easy and convenient digital impressions- no messy impressions trays and gooey mess!
Dr. Mazhari will use the high resolution digital images to design and fabricate your dental crown while you wait using the CEREC milling machine. Once complete, she will permanently secure the crown and make final adjustments for a comfortable fit. You can leave the same day with your final dental crown- and new smile.
If necessary, a local anesthetic is used for comfort, but otherwise the entire procedure is relatively painless- and there is no return trip to the dentist.
What To Expect
If you are receiving a dental crown made of a material other than ceramic, your dental crown process will begin with dental impressions to be used in the fabrication of a custom fit and, if necessary, a color matched restoration.
First, Dr. Mazhari will prepare the affected tooth by removing a minimal amount of structure to allow the crown to be securely attached and to fit comfortably.
A temporary crown may be placed to allow normal function until your final restoration is ready.
Once complete, your new dental crown will be permanently secured to your tooth, adjusted for fit and then polished to blend with your natural teeth. The final result will support your overall dental health and last for many years with proper dental care and hygiene.