Restore damaged teeth and preserve your best smile with modern approaches to versatile dental crowns in one convenient visit!
Enamel is one of the few parts of the body that does not have the ability to repair itself. It is the protective shield made to guard the live portion of the tooth. When a tooth gets a crack in the enamel it has lost the ability to protect itself from bacteria, temperature changes and the extreme pressure we place it under when chewing or grinding. This is where modern technology allows Dr. Barton to selectively remove only the broken or damaged enamel, design a new porcelain crown to replace that enamel and use bonding techniques to fuse the new protective crown to the tooth.
Dental crowns are one of the most versatile restorative treatments available at the dentist’s office. They are generally recommended to rebuild enamel that has been lost or damaged over time. A dental crown is essentially ‘enamel replacement therapy’. The type of material shaped into a crown depends on factors not limited to the location of the damaged tooth and the function of said tooth. Dr. Barton partners with you to determine the best option for you in terms of strength, durability, and aesthetics.
Additionally, dental crowns may be used for tooth replacement. The crown may be attached to a dental implant or to a prosthetic tooth (“pontic”) in a dental bridge.
The restorative process
If you have an infection or deep decay, Dr. Barton may need to first treat your tooth with root canal therapy. We’ll clean the inner portion of your tooth. As needed, infections will be cleared with bacteria-fighting medications.
Once your tooth is ready for a crown, we will selectively remove the broken and diseased portions to make room for the restoration. The amount of tooth needed for the crown depends on the type of material being used.
After reshaping is complete, a digital impression is taken….(No more gagging on the impression material)! This information is then used to fabricate the crown. Notably, Intentional Smiles has the advanced equipment and training to offer “teeth in a day.” So, we can prepare, design, fabricate, and place the crown in one visit while you wait! The “magic” of this process is our use of computer-aided design and manufacturing techniques. Specialized software creates 3-dimensional models of the teeth. Dr. Barton can then use these models to design the crown. Information about the permanent crown is sent to our onsite milling machine, which shapes the crown from a solid block of premium dental porcelain.
The standard process requires the placement of a temporary and at least one follow-up visit. The temporary protects the prepared tooth while the permanent crown is being made. The follow-up is necessary to secure the permanent after it has been made by an outside lab. We brought all of those lab steps in-house. This brings a high level of convenience and quality control to the crown process.
Experience the ease of the modern, high-performance crown process. Schedule an appointment at Intentional Smiles. Call our office in Edmond, OK, today at (405) 348-2266.