At Royal Oak Dental Group, we put our patients first. That is why we are so excited about the computer-aided design and computer aided manufacturing (referred to as CAD/CAM dentistry) services that we now offer to patients.
What is a Dental Crown?
We use equipment and software from industry-leading provider to give you the best and latest in dental crown services. This technology takes a digital impression and manufactures a crown that fits perfectly—all right in our dental office. This means no more messy putties to take impressions. You don’t have to worry about a temporary crown breaking, coming loose or popping off. And it only takes one visit to get a high-quality, permanent porcelain crown.
With the system, instead of having to deal with the often uncomfortable process of taking an impression with putty, the shape of the patient’s teeth are captured by a powerful but unobtrusive camera. The computer then designs a crown that will fit perfectly in the patient’s mouth, and a porcelain crown is milled on the spot. Patients get to leave with a long-lasting, perfectly fitted porcelain crown—in one sitting to save our patients time and spare any discomfort.
How Does Our System Compare to Conventional Crowns?
Usually when getting a dental crown, a patient has to make two visits. The first is to prep the tooth and make an impression of it, and the patient leaves with a temporary crown made of a hard plastic to protect the tooth. The impression is sent off to a lab where a crown is made; then the patient can finally come in and get their crown put in permanently.
With our one-day crowns, you’ll see the benefits right away. Milled porcelain is stronger than hand layered and pressed porcelain. And the porcelain of a crown closely matches the composition of your natural teeth—meaning it reacts to hots and colds similarly. It is also made of a beautiful porcelain that blends well with surrounding teeth to give a natural look.
Porcelain Crown FAQs
- Do I need a dental filling or a dental crown to repair my tooth?
Dental crowns are recommended for more substantial wear and tear when the strength of the tooth has been compromised, and we can assess this fully with an exam of the tooth. Royal Oak Dental Group can reshape and rebuild a damaged tooth with a custom crown that is placed over the tooth, protecting it from further damage.
- Are there limitations with my new crown?
Although you will be able to use your tooth crown to chew and speak normally, be aware that crowns can fracture like natural enamel. Don’t use your crowned tooth for activities that may pose harm, like opening packages, chewing hard candies or hard foods, or chewing on ice. Brushing and flossing is just as important with the crowned tooth as the others, if not more so; be sure to keep up the routine.
- How is the porcelain tooth crown bonded?
Porcelain as a stand-alone material is brittle. However, once it is bonded to your natural enamel, it becomes incredibly durable. To firmly attach your tooth crown, Royal Oak Dental Group will apply a dental bonding agent to the tooth surface and set the crown for a secure, natural fit.
- Can I replace old tooth crowns with porcelain?
Absolutely! In fact, a good portion of our crown placements are “elective” because many people prefer the natural-looking porcelain crowns to the unsightly, metal-based tooth crowns.
- How long will a crown last?
You can expect your permanent porcelain crown to last 10 years or longer with proper care. Brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups are essential in extending the life of your tooth crown and other dental restorations.
Call us today to set up your porcelain crown consultation with Royal Oak Dental Group. To see past smile makeovers by Royal Oak Dental Group, take a look at our cosmetic dentistry pictures! Royal Oak Dental Group is proud to provide a full scope of dental health services to patients from Raleigh, Cary, Siler City, Durham, North Hills, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsboro, Pittsboro, Wake Forest, Garner, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Knightdale, Wendell and Morrisville, NC, as well as the greater Triangle area.