Invisalign is a new system of straightening teeth without the use of conventional braces. A series of clear plastic aligners are utilized to create tooth movement. Moving teeth with removable aligners is not new. However, the computer program, which can generate a series of aligners with small changes is the new part. Invisalign is recommended for orthodontic situations with mild to moderate spacing or crowding. They are virtually undetectable, easy to use and comfortable to wear.
Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that no additional problems develop within the tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be sufficient to protect what’s remaining of the tooth structure.
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. To maintain a natural look and feel a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth. The process of installing a crown takes just a single visit at Breeze Dental Clinic. On this visit first the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a digital scan of your tooth will be taken. This scan will be used in the exclusive CEREC System to design your crown so that your new restoration can be fitted in with high precision.
The crown takes about 20 minutes to be created using the CEREC milling unit in our office. After the fabrication of your crown is completed it will be placed using a cement to ensure that it sets in place and is ready for function. After the crown cementation is completed your tooth will have a natural look and feel relative to the surrounding teeth.
Crowns are a durable method or repairing and strengthening a broken or weak tooth and will usually last about 5+ years depending on your oral health habits and diet. You should care for your new crown as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. During regular checkup and cleanings at our office we will check your existing crowns for proper fit and seal. Any issues if detected in the early stages can be resolves much less invasively.
So, if you have severe cracks or chips in your teeth, dental crowns might be the best option for restoring your smile. However, the idea of multiple office visits might just not sound appealing. But what if we told you that you could have dental crowns in only one visit? With CEREC’s latest CAD/CAM technology, we can take impressions of your teeth and fabricate the permanent crown in about two hours. The speed of CEREC same-day crowns also means that you won’t have to deal with a less-than-reliable temporary crown.