How much do you know about dental crowns?

Do you have a tooth that’s damaged, weakened, or badly decayed? From cavities to physical injuries, many factors can compromise your tooth’s structure. Dental crowns are a type of restorative dental treatment that can correct these issues and leave your tooth stronger than ever.

If you’re new to this type of service, there’s plenty to learn! Today, we’re sharing 10 interesting facts about dental crowns, including the advanced technology behind Dr. Barr’s CEREC same day crowns.

1. Dental crowns preserve your natural tooth.

There are some conditions, such as severe infection or trauma, that can result in the loss of your permanent tooth. However, your dentist will always try to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible.

The first step will be to treat or remove any existing decay. This helps prepare the tooth for the crown and keeps its remaining structure healthy.

Then, they’ll encase your tooth in a durable crown made of porcelain or a composite material. This treatment wards off further decay or fracturing and helps strengthen your natural tooth from the outside in.

2. A crown can renew your smile.

If you have a gap between your teeth or discolored teeth, a crown can help you correct these issues for a bright and beautiful smile. This is an especially effective treatment if your teeth don’t respond to traditional whitening techniques.

3. Crowns mimic your natural teeth.

Concerned that your crown will stand out? While conventional crowns were made of eye-catching metals like gold, today’s versions look extremely natural. In our office, Dr. Barr uses a tooth-like crown made of porcelain that’s designed to mimic your real teeth in both shape and color.

The result? A lifelike restoration that blends in with the rest of your teeth. The only way someone will be able to tell you have a crown is if you tell them!

4. A crown can restore missing teeth.

If you’ve lost a tooth (or teeth) to decay or injury, your dentist may recommend a dental implant to fill the gap that remains. In this case, a dental crown can provide a natural-looking tooth structure on top of the implant.

Your dentist will surgically place the titanium post (implant) into your jawbone, which serves as the foundation for your missing tooth. Once the implant is successfully fused and the bone has healed, your dentist will place a dental crown over the implant.

5. Dental crowns require proper fitting.

If you’re placing a crown on top of your tooth, you want it to fit as naturally as possible. To do so, your dentist may need to remove or contour a portion of your existing tooth. Or, they may need to add a special filling to help add substance to the tooth’s structure. Both steps help prepare the tooth for the crown and ensure a comfortable, natural fit.

6. Your crown is custom-made.

There isn’t a universal dental crown because everyone’s smile is perfectly unique! To make sure yours fits precisely, many dentists will begin by making an impression of your mouth.

Most of the time, this mold has to be sent to a separate dental laboratory, where technicians will use it to fabricate your custom crown. In the meantime, you’ll use a temporary crown while you wait for yours to be designed. Once the permanent crown is ready, your dentist will bond the crown to your natural tooth.

7. CEREC technology enables same day dental crowns.

Did you know there’s an alternative to waiting for weeks while your dental crowns are made?

This is where Dr. Barr’s office is different and blazing a trail in restorative dental services.

Using state-of-the-art technology called a Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic (CEREC) machine, Dr. Barr can provide patients with same day crowns.

A true breakthrough in dental science, CEREC is an innovative technique that bypasses the traditional waiting period associated with conventional dental crowns. The mobile machine allows you to leave the office with your tooth restored.

If your dentist deems you an appropriate candidate for a CEREC treatment, you can complete the process in a few easy steps:

  1. Your dentist will numb your problematic tooth with a low-grade, localized anesthetic.
  2. Your dentist will clean your tooth and remove any decay.
  3. Your dentist will take an optical impression of your teeth.
  4. The CEREC machine will use the impression to chart a 3D image of your teeth.
  5. Your dentist will use this image to design your crown on the CEREC computer.
  6. Your dentist will send the design to the in-office milling machine (similar to a 3D printer).
  7. The milling machine will create your crown out of medical-grade ceramic.
  8. Your doctor will bond the crown to your damaged tooth, then shape and polish it.

As you can imagine, this expedited treatment isn’t only quicker, but it’s more cost-effective too. Even complicated procedures, such as full-tooth crowns, can be completed in a single office visit!

To learn more, check out this page outlining Dr. Barr’s use of CEREC technology.

8. Dental crowns can replace large fillings.

If you have a large filling that falls out, it can leave your tooth with a deep hole and a compromised structure. Rather than treating this space with another filling, your dentist can place a dental crown over that tooth instead. This treatment will better protect your existing tooth and prevent further decay.

9. You can treat your dental crowns like a natural tooth.

Once your crown is securely in place, you can treat it just as you would a normal, natural tooth. That means you’re free to eat your favorite foods! Of course, it also means you’ll need to brush and floss around your crown just as you do the rest of your teeth.

By keeping your crown clean and staying on top of your routine dental visits, you can help maintain its look.

10. Dental expertise makes all the difference.

Dental crowns might be increasingly high-tech, but the skill and experience of your dentist is still of paramount importance. A qualified, professional dental team is the secret behind achieving a fully functional, great-looking, and long-lasting crown. When you visit our office, you know that’s exactly the level of service and expertise you’ll receive.

Dr. Barr was one of the first dentists in Chicago to embrace and see the value of CEREC technology. He began using this machine 14 years ago when it was first emerging in the industry. Since then, Dr. Barr has performed more than 14,000 CEREC treatments, earning him a place among the top leaders of completed cases in the region. When he’s not performing these treatments in office, Dr. Barr also teaches and trains other area dentists on how to implement CEREC technology in their own practices.

The bottom line? We’re well versed in same day crown treatments, and Dr. Barr is a top choice when you’re ready to pursue a healthy, vibrant smile.

Learn more about same day dental crowns.

Dental crowns can keep your teeth looking great and feeling strong. If you have a tooth that’s been weakened by trauma, infection, or decay, this restorative treatment can correct the cosmetic issues while preventing further deterioration.

A recognized leader in CEREC technology, Dr. Barr can help determine if you’re a candidate for same day crowns. Contact our office today to learn more or schedule an appointment.