With our in-office lab milling technology, we are now happy to offer crowns in one visit!
If you've had a dental crown placed in the past, you may have waited for weeks for it to be completed. This type of treatment is tough to fit into a hectic schedule.
With E4D technology, Omaha dentist Dr. Amber Allen is now able to complete the entire crown process from start to finish during one appointment at our office. You will leave the same day with an aesthetically pleasing and fully functioning new tooth.
What Is a Dental Crown?
Porcelain crowns, or “caps,” are designed to fit over your remaining natural tooth structure and replace your entire tooth. The crown itself is custom shaded to match your existing teeth, and it does not change color over time, unlike your natural teeth.
Teeth take a lot of abuse from daily chewing and grinding and eventually wear down. But a porcelain crown is actually stronger than your normal tooth. These all-porcelain crowns contain no metal and are a strong and natural-looking solution to a variety of dental issues.
Why Do I Need a Crown?
Crowns can be used for aesthetic reasons by correcting crowding, filling in gaps, or covering discolored or misshapen teeth. More often than not, however, they are needed to strengthen and protect an unhealthy tooth in order to extend its lifespan in your mouth. If a tooth is broken, chipped, or cracked, a crown will restore its strength and appearance.
The most common reason a crown is necessary is because of tooth decay. In this situation, you may wonder why a filling can't be used to repair your tooth.
When decay causes a big cavity, sometimes a filling is not adequate for maintaining the tooth’s strength. Although a filling does mend a tooth, if there is not enough healthy structure of the tooth left, it will not work very long.This could cause the filling to fall apart while the remaining tooth is weakened and may crack.
Porcelain crowns not only fix dental-related problems, but they also result in a more healthy and natural-looking smile.
What Are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are a method of fixing and restoring a tooth much the same as a filling does, but they are customized for your tooth like a crown. The advantages of these types of restorations are that they are natural looking, strong, protect teeth, and require less healthy tooth structure to be removed.
Inlays and onlays are custom made in a lab, and the required preparation of the tooth is more conservative than that of a crown or filling.
Dr. Allen will evaluate your teeth and help you decide if an inlay, onlay, or crown is a desirable fix for you.