Dr. Marks rebuilds smiles after serious decay, damage, and tooth loss with dental crowns in State College. Also called a “cap,” the dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering that fits securely over the affected tooth, restoring its strength and beauty. Using CEREC technology, your dentist can prepare for, manufacture, and place your dental crown in just one visit to our state-of-the-art office. A dental bridge is built of multiple crowns that replace one or more missing teeth. Continue reading to learn more about dental crowns, bridges, and how our team can create them faster (and better) than ever with our CEREC milling machine.
On its own, a single crown restores damaged or seriously decayed teeth. Just one crown can also replace a missing tooth with the support of a dental implant. Dental crowns can be made out of a variety of materials, including porcelain (ceramic), porcelain fused to metal, gold, or other metal alloys. We prefer crowns made out of porcelain, a material that looks, acts, and feels just like your natural tooth enamel.
A bridge is made up of multiple dental crowns. It’s a restoration that takes the place of one or more missing teeth, and a fixed bridge cannot be removed. Two crowns are affixed to the teeth that surround the gap, which act as anchors for the prosthetic teeth that fill in the space between. A removable bridge is also possible with the help of dental implants.
Dental bridges restore the patient’s ability to chew, speak, and smile with confidence. They also encourage better oral health and prevent the surrounding natural teeth from drifting out of place, causing orthodontic issues.
Traditionally, the method for dental crowns and bridges in State College has taken two or more visits to the dentist with weeks of waiting in between. A temporary crown or bridge was worn in the meantime. But now, one day dentistry is possible with CEREC, or chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics.
CEREC uses CAD/CAM (computer aided design, computer aided manufacture) with which your dentist controls every aspect of your dental crown or bridge from the comfort of our state-of-the-art office. The in-office milling machine creates a crown in under half an hour, and the entire process requires just one and a half to two hours to complete.
The benefits of CEREC are significant:
After your tooth has been restored with a crown or bridge, maintain excellent dental hygiene to keep it (and your surrounding teeth and gums) healthy. Brush, floss, and visit your dentist as recommended. When cleaning, concentrate on the area at the base of your crown or bridge to prevent plaque and tartar buildup, which can cause gum disease and further decay.