Crowns & Bridges

When a tooth is fractured, has a large old filling, or is severely damaged by decay, your dentist may recommend the placement of a crown. Crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and can improve the appearance of your smile.

Types of crowns include the full porcelain crown, the porcelain-fused-to-metal crown (precious & non-precious) and the all-metal crown.

Fitting a crown requires at least two visits to the dentist's office. Initially, the Dentist removes decay and shapes the tooth; makes an impression and fits a temporary or transitional crown of plastic or metal. In a subsequent visit, the dentist removes the temporary crown, fits and adjusts the final crown and cements the crown into place.

 

BRIDGES: Few incidents have greater impact on dental health and personal appearance than tooth loss. When one or more teeth are missing, the remaining teeth can drift out of position, which can lead to a change in the bite, the loss of additional teeth, decay and gum disease. When tooth loss occurs, your dentist may recommend the placement of a bridge. A bridge is one or more replacement teeth anchored by one or more crowns on each side.

 

What are Cerec Crowns?

 

Same day dentistry with no temporaries, no impressions and a natural look. Cerec crowns, which are named by the machine that produce these crowns, are all porcelain crowns that are fabricated at the time of the visit by the Cerec machine. After the tooth has been prepared by the dentist, the necessary information is entered into the Cerec machine for processing. The crown is then completed in about 10-15 min, and ready for delivery the same day.

 

Pros and Cons of Cerec Crowns

 

Pros:Crowns are made and delivered in the same day, thus saving patient a visit back to the office. Due to the crown being made at initial crown preparation visit, there is no need for a temporary crown, thus leaving less chance of sensitivity with a temporary while waiting on permanent crown to return from an outside laboratory. The Cerec machine uses porcelain only, hence making cerec crowns more esthetic.

Cons:All situations will not qualify for a cerec crown, which would be decided by Dr Elzawahry, and explained to the patient.