CEREC All-Ceramic Crowns
Metal used to be the restoration material of choice. Times have changed. Now, people want more natural-looking restorations without sacrificing strength and quality. At Grand Rapids Dental Care, we offer all-ceramic CEREC crowns that mimic the translucency of natural tooth enamel and withstand tremendous biting forces. With all-ceramic CEREC crowns, you can have a smile that’s both strong and beautiful.
Common Questions About Crowns
What is a crown?
A crown is a dental restoration that completely covers the portion of your tooth that sits atop the gumline. It works similarly to a thimble on a finger, protecting the tooth and giving it strength, except it’s a much tighter fit. All-porcelain crowns are indistinguishable from natural teeth in appearance and function.
What is CEREC?
CEREC stands for CEramic REConstruction. It’s 3D chairside design and milling technology that allows us to create all-ceramic crowns in our office in about an hour. With CEREC, you don’t have to wait for the crown to arrive from a dental lab, and you don’t have to visit our office for a second appointment. CEREC also eliminates the need for messy impressions and temporary crowns. This state-of-the-art technology is backed by decades of research and delivers results that are highly esthetic, durable, and long-lasting. Dr. Hagley is pleased to offer this comfort- and convenience-enhancing technology to our patients.
Why do I need a crown?
Dr. Hagley may recommend a crown for a variety of reasons. Often crowns are needed to restore fractured, chipped, broken, or otherwise damaged teeth that cannot be repaired by a filling. Like a cast on a broken bone, a crown provides protection and strength. Other reasons for crowns include bite balancing, bridges to replace missing teeth, and esthetics. Crowns can be used to build up back teeth and allow for a more comfortable bite, which can eliminate headaches and TMJ issues. For replacement teeth, crowns are attached to healthy teeth on either side of the gap and the false tooth rests in the middle. All-ceramic crowns can also improve the appearance of crooked, stained, or flawed teeth, because their translucency and color closely resembles healthy tooth enamel.
What are crowns made of?
Dental crowns are most often made of gold or porcelain, although they can also be made of stainless steel. Stainless steel crowns are typically used for primary teeth in children, because they’re temporary and not designed for long-term wear. Gold crowns are biocompatible and will not fracture. They’re generally reserved for teeth that don’t show when you smile. Porcelain crowns are often built on a metal base to provide additional strength and support for back teeth. All-porcelain crowns, which contain no metal, provide an excellent solution to restore front teeth and maintain a natural-looking smile. Grand Rapids Dental Care is committed to helping you find best and most natural option for your unique situation.
How do I care for my crown?
Once your crown is in place, you’ll need to brush the area thoroughly and floss below the gumline. Bacterial growth, tooth decay, and gum disease can still occur where the tooth exits the crown at the gumline. Regular brushing and flossing will ensure that your crown lasts long term.
Your Search for a Grand Rapids Dentist is Over!
Call today and reserve your appointment with Dr. Mike Hagley at our Grand Rapids dental office, we practice comprehensive dentistry for families in the Hibbing, Nashwauk, Deer River, and greater Itasca County areas. We look forward to helping you achieve a lifetime of happy, healthy smiles.