Heck Family Dentistry of Lawrence has served many patients in Lawrence, Kansas, by installing dental crowns. Our staff will do their utmost to ensure you are fitted with a crown that restores your teeth back to their prime. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.
Sometimes damaged teeth no longer have enough tooth structure left to support the bite without risk of fracturing a tooth. Thankfully, there is a remedy for this situation. This restorative procedure is a dental crown, or cap. Crowns can restore a single tooth or give the entire mouth its original or better than original beauty and function.
A dental crown can be made of porcelain, zirconium, or gold, depending on the needs and desires of the patient. While these materials restore the tooth to its original form and function, they also protect the healthy remaining portion of the enamel underneath.
Inlays and onlays, fillings, and crowns each serve a purpose in restorative dentistry. For instance, inlays and onlays cover the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Fillings, on the other hand, fill in the empty interior space of the tooth. In contrast, crowns completely cover every visible part of the tooth. Essentially, with a crown, we rebuild the tooth to resemble what it would have looked like at its best.
Some dental offices offer “a crown in a day.” However, installing a dental crown is a very precise procedure. Working with a quality dental lab ensures the best possible crown and fit. For this reason, we believe the traditional dental crown method to be superior to one-day crowns offered by some dentists. The “crown in a day” method is fascinating, and both our dentists have experience with it. Nevertheless, we believe the traditional method provides you with a better and longer-lasting final product.
Like dental bridges, dental crowns require two appointments. The first appointment involves:
We partner with a quality dental lab to ensure the best final crown. After your first appointment, we send the impressions that were taken to a laboratory. The lab then fabricates the crown and sends it back to our dental office. At your second appointment, we properly place and fit the crown in your mouth.
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