Dental Crown Applications
Dental crowns are commonly used to restore teeth after a root canal procedure (the removal of the tooth's inner pulp to eradicate advanced decay). The remaining tooth structure is altered to accommodate the crown, which brings the jaws into proper balance, restores chewing ability, and helps your smile to look healthy and normal. If you have lost a single tooth, a crown can also be used to restore a dental implant at our Charleston cosmetic dentistry practice. If you are missing one or several teeth and require a dental bridge, crowns can be placed over the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile to support the bridge. Crowns are commonly used in full mouth reconstruction plans.
Placing Dental Crowns
Creating a dental crown traditionally requires two to three weeks - but thanks to CEREC® technology, we can create a customized, natural-looking dental crown in about an hour. CEREC® uses computer-aided drafting (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technology, the same used in industrial applications since the late 1970s. After your tooth has been prepared, we use this technology to take a digital impression of your smile. This detailed map of your teeth and gums is then used to guide a special milling machine that uses diamond-tipped tools to craft your dental crown from a single block of porcelain, selected to match the color of your teeth. After about an hour, your crown will be ready to try in.
First, the crown will be placed without an adhesive to gauge its fit. If necessary, Dr. Rink will make adjustments. Once the crown fits precisely, and your bite feels comfortable, a special dental cement is applied and your crown is set in place.
Caring for Your Dental Crown
Dental crowns are designed to withstand the pressure of chewing, but they can become dislodged if they are subjected to too much strain, or if you fail to brush and floss properly. When enjoying especially hard or sticky foods, you should try to remain mindful of your restoration and avoid using it to chew. When flossing around a dental crown, it is important to pull the floss outward between your teeth, rather than moving the floss up and down. This simple change in flossing technique can help you avoid pulling your crown from its foundation.