Sterling Heights MI patients enjoy convenient, comfortable dental crowns treatment
Dental crowns represent one of the most commonly performed treatments available at the dentist’s office. These types of restorations are also incredibly versatile. But Sterling Heights Dental Crowns Treatment at LaserDentalAssociates.com is anything but “run-of-the-mill.” As our name suggests, we focus on advanced technologies that allow for the gentlest approaches to treatment and comfortable experience for our patients. Lasers may be used for many types of procedures, including to prepare treatment sites for crowns. In fact, laser technology may be used to enhance the outcomes of procedures like the placement of dental crowns by preserving a maximum amount of healthy tooth structure. Generally, the more tooth structure for restorations to bond to, the better the odds that you’ll be able to enjoy the healthy function of your new tooth for years or even decades to come.
Alternatives as unique as you are
Drs. Frank Rosner and Laura Pepa practice conservative dentistry in other ways as well; for example, you may not need a full-coverage crown. Depending on what we find during your examination, an inlay or onlay may be recommended instead of a crown. All restorations are made from quality dental materials designed to look, feel, and function just like natural healthy teeth. These materials are shaped and prepared to your unique specifications and then bonded securely to existing, prepared tooth structure. In the case of an inlay, the artificial tooth structure is placed only in the middle of the tooth. With an onlay, the artificial tooth structure is also placed over at least one tooth cusp or point. Inlays are ideal for patients who may require more structure than a standard filling provides, due to the extent of tooth decay or damage; for instance, filling a very large cavity may not provide adequate durability and strength over the long term.
Also known as partial crowns, onlays are the “next step up” in terms of coverage for patients whose damage is more extensive than what an inlay can adequately address. Onlays, however, are a step down from a full-coverage crown. The crown fits over prepared natural tooth structure in much the same snug way that a crown or cap fits over your head. LaserDentalAssociates.com uses many different types of materials, including ceramics and gold or metal alloys or some combination thereof, to create your restorations. The type of material used to make your crown depends on many different factors, including where the tooth is located and its function.
If any of the following characteristics sound like you, you may be a great candidate for a full-coverage crown:
- You have a badly infected tooth and may need root canal treatment.
- Your tooth has been weakened significantly, due to decay, trauma, repeated dental procedures, or worn or old dental-work.
- You have a severely misshapen, broken or discolored tooth – and these imperfections can’t be resolved well with alternatives treatments such as deep bleaching or veneers.
You may also get to know the crowns process firsthand, should you require a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth (or missing teeth). The bridge gets its stability from surrounding teeth. To support the replacement or artificial tooth, these adjacent teeth must be crowned. As with all crown procedures, a little bit of tooth structure is removed to make room for these crowns. The new tooth and crowns are eventually bonded to the reduced tooth structure as one piece. Crowns are also placed on top of implants. Unlike other offices in the Detroit area, LaserDentalAssociates handles every step of the implants process in-house. There is no need to see a specialist elsewhere! The addition of the crown is the last step in the process of getting your new tooth, following surgical placement of the implant (or artificial tooth root) in your jaw and the abutment piece that connects the implant to the crown. In addition to implant-retained crowns or -bridges, implants may also be used to support dentures.
Convenience that’s hard to beat
The standard approach to dental crowns treatment involves preparing the tooth, taking impressions, and then sending that information to an outside lab whose technicians then make your crown. You wear a temporary while you wait to protect the prepared tooth. After the permanent crown is made in about one to two weeks, you return to LaserDentalAssociates.com for the removal of the temporary and application of the new tooth structure; however, you may be a candidate for “tooth in a day.” Drs. Rosner and Pepa use CEREC to create your crown (or inlay, onlay, veneer, or bridge) in a single visit from attractive, durable dental ceramic. The restoration is milled using Computer-Assisted Manufacturing technology onsite, while you wait, and usually within 20 minutes. Start the process of getting your new or improved tooth today! New patients? Call 586-838-2017 . Existing patients? Call 586-977-9050.
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