Teeth are designed to endure literally tons of pressure. A tooth in good condition can tolerate as much as 168 pounds of pressure. In fact, scientists have calculated total bite pressure per square inch to be upwards of 5600 pounds. Despite the incredible strength of natural teeth, sometimes the integrity of a tooth becomes compromised and it breaks or cracks without general dental treatment.
When a tooth is damaged beyond what a dental filling can repair, a dental crown can be used to effectively compensate for the lost strength and protect it from further damage. Dental crowns are also used when a tooth has been weakened due to decay or root canal therapy. The crown serves as a “cap” for the treated tooth, covering all visible surfaces. Fortunately, dental crowns can be customized in size, shape and color to blend seamlessly within your smile.
CEREC One-Visit Dentistry
At Midgette Family Dentistry, we stay at the forefront of our field. We have invested in the latest dental technologies and equipment in order to provide a superior level of care to our patients. When it comes to dental crowns, we proudly use CEREC technology to deliver long-lasting restorations in a single visit. Instead of enduring a messy impression at your initial visit and wearing a subpar temporary crown until your next appointment, we can streamline the entire process in just one day.
The CEREC system is state-of-the-art; it relies on advanced CAD/CAM technology, computer software and an automated milling machine that uses precise digital images of your teeth to fabricate a permanent custom crown in minutes. Before you leave the office, we will fit you with your permanent crown or other restoration. There’s no need for multiple trips back to the dental office. Not only is the quality of your dental restoration unrivaled, but your time and comfort are highly respected in the process.
Dental Inlays and Onlays
While a dental crown covers the entire top of the tooth from the gum line up. Such extensive coverage is not always necessary. Sometimes only part of the tooth needs to be protected in this manner. When this is the situation, a dental onlay or inlay may be used instead of a full crown. Onlays are sometimes called partial crowns because they cover a large portion of the tooth, but not the entire tooth. Inlays are used to fill in large cavities between the cusps of a tooth. Inlays and onlays are frequently used on molars when a full crown is not necessary.
At Midgette Family Dentistry, we use revolutionary CEREC technology to make beautiful crowns, inlays, onlays and other restorations that are needed to protect and strengthen weakened teeth. If you have a cracked or damaged tooth, or one that has undergone root canal therapy, we’ve got a convenient and highly preferred solution for you. Contact us today and learn more about Same Day Crowns at our Chesapeake office.