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Over time, teeth can begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration, wear, etc. No dentist is more qualified to provide crowns at a higher quality than a prosthodontist, like Dr. Tyler. As a Certified Dental Technician (CDT) before he became a dentist,

Dr. Tyler gained invaluable experience, working several years in a dental lab. As a lab technician, he specifically specialized in fabricating crowns and bridges for both teeth and dental implants. These experiences are noticeable when you receive the technically proficient treatment he provides for his patients, particularly when doing a crown.

What is a Dental Crown?

A crown is a cover or “cap” placed over a tooth. The crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size, and function. A crown can make the tooth stronger or improve the way it looks.

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WHAT IS A
CROWN MADE FROM?

Crowns can be made from several types of materials. Metal alloys (gold alloys), ceramics (porcelain), porcelain fused to metal, or composite resin may be used when the crown is made. Except for metal crowns, mostly only used on molars, the ceramics (porcelain), and composite resin materials can be tooth-colored to blend in with your natural teeth.
The dentist’s objective when doing a crown is to make it look natural and function comfortably in your mouth. To decide which material is used for your crown, your dentist will consider many factors, such as:

  • The tooth’s location and function
  • The position of the gum tissue
  • Your preference
  • The amount of tooth that shows when you smile
  • The color or shade of the tooth

How is a

Crown done?

In the past, the process of delivering a crown took two to three visits to the dentist. It included messy impressions, a temporary crown, and a 2 to 3 week waiting period for a dental lab to fabricate the finished crown. The impression material, stone models, wax, and metal casting, required in this traditional approach all induce inaccuracies (although clinically acceptable) into the finished lab-made crown. Often, many chairside adjustments to the lab-made crown are required to correct those inaccuracies upon delivery. The temporary crown that is worn for the lab waiting period can also be a hassle for many patients. While you have a temporary crown, the tooth may be more sensitive to hot and cold and you will be told to avoid sticky and crunchy foods.

Today, using CEREC, an advanced dental technology, crowns can be made of tooth-colored materials (ceramics, porcelain, composite resin) in a single visit. Apart from speeding up the process, CEREC crowns are 50 percent more accurate than lab-made ones. This is because with CEREC the impression is made by digital scanning of the teeth and then the crown is virtually designed and milled (CAD/CAM). This digital process eliminates the need for impressions, stone models, wax, and metal, including their inaccuracies. In addition, a temporary crown and second appointment is not needed.
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CEREC Single-Visit Crowns

No Temporary Crowns. No Messy Impression. One Easy Appointment. Combining Dr. Tyler’s certification in dental laboratory technology (CDT), and prosthodontic advanced education and training, with CEREC advanced digital technology, your crowns can be fabricated efficiently and exceptionally in a single visit. Click here to learn more about CEREC Single-Visit Technology.

How long does a Crown last?

On average, dental crowns tend to last between 5 and 15 years, but some cases last up to 30 years. However, like natural teeth, crowns can break and the tooth under a crown can still get cavities. The lifespan of a crown often depends on your commitment to at-home care and professional dental hygiene visits, and other oral habits, like teeth grinding. In many cases, a night guard is indicated to protect your crown.
For any further questions about dental crowns please do not hesitate to ask us.

Who needs a

Crown?

You may need a crown if you:

  • Have a cavity that is too large for just a filling
  • Have a tooth that is cracked, fractured, worn down (due to grinding), or otherwise weakened
  • Have had root canal treatment โ€“ the crown will protect and maintain the esthetics of the restored tooth
  • Want to cover a discolored or badly misshapen tooth and improve your smile

Crowns and Bridgework

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To provide EXCELLENT DENTAL CARE enabling each patient to maintain their teeth for a lifetime in maximal health, aesthetics, and function. In harmony with patientโ€™s expectations, focusing on individual dental concerns, dedicated to the HIGHEST STANDARDS of care in the restoration and replacement of teeth.