Dental crowns are a great way to restore your damaged teeth back to full health and function. They also work well to cover stubborn stains, chips, cracks, fractures and decay. You may feel reluctant to show your teeth due to the damage present. This can put a damper on your social life and the way you present yourself. One of the best options for not only restoring health to your mouth, but appearance, is dental crowns available from Dr. Thomas Pray at Pray Dental in Ballston Spa in Saratoga Springs.
Dental crowns can be used for both restorative and cosmetic reasons. Your teeth will be functional again and look completely natural. Crowns at Pray Dental are made out of porcelain, which looks like a completely natural tooth. It will be colored to look the exact shade of your surrounding teeth. If you are planning on whitening your teeth, it’s important to match your dental crown to your desired color because you cannot whiten the crown once it’s placed. Dr. Pray uses CEREC technology to create dental crowns in his office.
Same Day Crowns with CEREC
In the past, a dental crown meant that a patient had to go into the dentist office for two separate visits. The first visit consisted of preparing the tooth for the crown by taking impressions of the tooth to be sent to the lab. The impressions would be sent to the lab and the patient would be stuck with a temporary crown for the next week or two. When the crown finally arrived from the lab, the patient would come in for their second visit and finally have the crown placed.
With CEREC (Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic) technology, the dental crown is made and placed on the same day. This means that the patient is only required one visit to the dentist. With the CEREC machine, you won’t need to have impressions taken of your mouth. Instead, pictures of your mouth will be taken using imaging technology. Dr. Pray will choose the correct colored porcelain to match your teeth and the machine creates the crown. After the crown is made, Dr. Pray will use a special cement to bond it to your tooth. You will then have a corrected bite and experience a noticeable reduction in pain. Your new crown will match the rest of your smile and it won’t be noticeable that you have one, that is one of the best benefits.
Caring for Your Crowns
One of the great perks of dental crowns is that they will never decay or require any extra care. Care for your crowns like you would your natural teeth. They still need to be brushed and flossed around, otherwise periodontal disease can occur and cause your crowns to fail. You will still need to visit the dentist twice a year for cleanings as well. With that said, the only way your crowns can be damaged, other than oral hygiene neglect, is from physical trauma such as teeth grinding, biting down too hard, or taking a hit to the mouth.
If your teeth are damaged, decayed, cracked or have stubborn stains, consider CEREC dental crowns from Dr. Thomas Pray, DDS. Contact our office in Ballston Spa in the Saratoga Springs area by calling 518-885-8321 or filling out our online contact form to be contacted. If you have any questions, refer to our FAQs page or contact our dentist.