What Dental Crowns Can Do For Your Smile

Do you wish to rebuild a cracked or decayed tooth? Then, investigate what a CEREC dental crown from Dr. Wayne Walcott or Dr. Brett Walcott can do for your smile. These experienced dentists in Ann Arbor, MI, create and place all-porcelain caps over compromised teeth, restoring their shape, size, and strength. And, they do it all in just one short visit.

What is a dental crown?

A crown, or cap, is a tooth-shaped dental restoration which repairs, reinforces, and enhances the appearance of a tooth jeopardized by:

  • Infection
  • Large amounts of decay
  • Oral trauma resulting in a deep crack or loss of tooth structure
  • Congenital malformation of teeth (due to hereditary defect)

Cemented over the surviving viable portions of the tooth right to the gum line, a dental crown remakes your smile's appearance and efficiency.

What does CEREC mean?

CEREC is the abbreviation for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic. Using this innovative technology, your dentist takes oral impressions, creates a three-dimensional model of your tooth, and actually fabricates the crown in the treatment room at his Ann Arbor, MI, office. Gone are those uncomfortable impression trays, temporary crowns, and long wait times. Your crown treatment takes only one to two hours--not one to two weeks. What a time saver!

Known for realism, your new CEREC crown will blend in with the rest of your smile. And, due to precise computer-aided design and manufacturing processes, your crown will fit and bite properly with the first try-on.

Your dentist uses these dental crowns to reinforce weak teeth, but additionally, crowns top off dental implants. They also restore teeth after root canal procedures.

After getting a CEREC crown

A tooth protected by a CEREC crown will last for many years. However, you must care for it just as you do for the rest of your smile.

What can endanger the integrity of your crowned tooth? As it builds up, bacteria contained in sticky plaque threatens to eat through the crown cement and the tooth enamel itself. Food residues between and on your teeth form this sticky substance quickly, and over time, it hardens into tartar. Both biofilms are a source of decay and gum disease.

So, not only brush your natural teeth and gums carefully twice a day according to American Dental Association rules but also, see your dentist semi-annually for an exam and cleaning. He'll inspect your crown for damage, decay, and inflammation at its margins.

Learn more

What can a dental crown do for your smile? Find out at a consultation with Dr. Wayne Walcott or Dr. Brett Walcott. They are the crown experts in Ann Arbor, MI. Phone today for an appointment: (734) 994-3700.

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