A dental crown is a dental restoration for the visible portion (crown) of a tooth. In the last decade, amazingly natural-looking and extremely durable materials have been developed to perfectly mimic the properties of a normal tooth. When finished, neither you nor your friends will be able to tell the difference between your new dental crown and your real teeth.
In our office, we use CEREC, a computer aided design tool to design and recreate your teeth in our own office. Dr. Kivel is extensively trained in this technology and has even served as a mentor with the company for dentists who are learning the technology.
The Dental Crown PROCESS
In the past, or in offices where CEREC is not used, if a patient needed a crown (a cap over a problem tooth) or a or partial crown, it took at least two visits separated by two weeks to fix.
The first visit took 1 ½ hours to shape the tooth and take a gooey impression that was then sent to a lab. The patient wore a plastic temporary for two weeks, if it even stayed on. The second visit was another hour to remove the temporary, clean things up, and glue the restoration onto the tooth.
At Soulsmile, we use CEREC to take a digital impression with a camera wand and then design, fabricate and install the restoration in 1 ½ hours, often while we do other things like whiten a patient's teeth or do a cleaning ... or while you kick-back in our massage chair and read People Magazine (we know, no one reads People, right?! :) ) No second appointment, no temporaries … done!
A dental bridge is a series of connected dental crowns utilized to fill in a gap in a smile, such as a missing tooth or teeth. The dental bridge is affixed to adjacent teeth, with the end result being a complete and attractive smile where a gap once was. Most modern offices these days will recommend a dental implant in this instance, but we are always able to create a bridge to either replace an existing one when needed or for areas where you may not be a candidate for dental implants.