Do you have chipped, cracked, or broken teeth? Are you looking for a durable dental restoration to protect your weakened teeth? Dental crowns can be used to cover dental implant restorations, damaged teeth, and enamel discoloration. Dr. Elizabeth Duling offers dental crown treatment in Owens Cross Roads, AL. She takes the health of the whole dental structure before recommending treatment. In addition, Dr. Duling takes the budget, personal goals, dental history, and current oral health examinations into account prior to their care.
CEREC Dental Crowns
CEREC, which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic, uses CAD/CAM technology. Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing allow Dr. Duling to design, fabricate and place your custom crown or crowns in one dental visit.
To begin treatment, Dr. Duling will prepare the tooth or teeth receiving crowns by removing a small amount of the tooth enamel. We do this to ensure that the crown fits comfortably on the teeth. Dr. Duling then uses digital impressions of the patient’s smile for accurate treatment. Using 3-D imaging, she can see detailed images of the dental structure and then fabricate the dental crowns with the milling machines. Dr. Duling also color-matches each tooth crown for a natural look.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are composite resin restorations that your dentist will bond to a tooth with significant damage. An inlay remains inside the cusps, or outer edges, on top of a damaged tooth. Onlays cover one or more of the cusps of the tooth. We call them partial crowns for this reason. Dr. Duling will help you determine if we can address your tooth damage with a dental crown or inlays and onlays at the consultation.
Dental Crown FAQs
Our patients often have several questions about their treatment with dental crowns. Some common questions can include:
What are the benefits of dental crowns?
Tooth crowns restore teeth that are broke, have a chip, and have some discoloration. They can also lessen spaces between the teeth. We make our dental crowns from high-quality porcelain. Your dentist will customize the crown to the meet your needs. We color-match it so it will blend in with your natural teeth. Additionally, tooth crowns provide structural support with durable and long-lasting results.
Is the dental crown procedure painful?
Dr. Duling and her dental team ensure that patients feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible during every dental treatment. We offer sedation dentistry options for painless care. Patients will experience some mild sensitivity following treatment, but this will fade within several days of your treatment. We will also prescribe pain medication and recommend that patients use ice packs to combat swelling.
What should I do if I have a broken crown?
If you have a broken crown, please contact our dental office for an emergency appointment. We will restore the dental crown with a durable replacement. Not replacing a crown soon enough can make it difficult to bite and chew.
Schedule a Dental Consultation
Do you want a bright and balanced smile? Request an appointment with Dr. Duling on our website or call our office at 256.202.4186.