Dr. Benedict places custom dental crowns to address a range of common dental concerns and cosmetic needs. Dental crowns often play a key role in your smile’s long-term health and maintenance. Dental crowns are color-matched to blend with your existing teeth and will be made to fit comfortably, maintaining your natural bite.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped dental prosthetics mounted over damaged teeth to restore the tooth’s natural shape, size, color, and function. A significant portion of the impacted tooth must be removed to accommodate the crown and enable it to fit securely.
We place both traditional and same-day dental crowns, depending on your overall needs and the condition of your smile. Dr. Benedict will discuss the most appropriate treatment options for your consideration. A traditional crown will require a couple of office visits to complete, while a CEREC crown is placed in one visit. Tooth crowns are a restorative dentistry solution we provide to our patients in Tampa.
Dental crowns are used to:
- Protect damaged teeth from breaking.
- Fix broken, fractured, and cracked teeth.
- Cover teeth that have lost their structure to decay.
- Restoring the color of stained and discolored teeth.
CEREC® Dental Crowns in Tampa
CEREC®, or Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, has revolutionized the design and placement of dental crowns. CEREC is a state-of-the-art method of reconstructing tooth restorations in-office.
This method uses computer-assisted design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to offer single-day restorations for patients. CEREC has revolutionized ceramic restorations such as crowns and veneers for patients so that there is no longer a wait between preparing the restoration and finally receiving the finished product.
With CEREC, the technology is used while sitting in the dental chair, which is economical for you and your dentist. The restorations created are metal-free and tooth-colored to restore your tooth to its natural beauty, strength, and function. With CEREC’s CAD-CAM technology, these ceramic restorations can all be done in one visit. CEREC was created with the patient in mind to visit the dentist as pain-free as possible.
Why Use CEREC®?
- Most procedures can be done in one visit – less costly and less time-consuming
- Less painful injections due to single-visit
- No need to take messy impressions
- No need for temporary restoration for in-between visits
- Ability to save as much natural tooth structure as possible.
- Longer lasting restorations – may last over ten years
- Restores teeth to natural beauty, function, and strength
- Metal-free restorations
CEREC or same-day crowns use a trailblazing CAD/CAM technology and an advanced milling machine to complete the crown placement procedure in sixty to ninety minutes. The usage of state-of-the-art technology allows the dentist to fabricate crowns with great precision and in less time.
What are the benefits of CEREC crowns over traditional crowns?
CEREC crowns are crafted using advanced technology, which enables the dentist to create crowns with great precision and care.
They are more natural-looking and easily blend in with the neighboring teeth. The material they are made from does not irritate the gums and rests comfortably in the mouth.
CEREC crowns look and function like natural teeth. With CEREC technology, we can complete dental restorations in a single office visit. This offers patients greater flexibility and convenience for a range of restoration types.
What Is CEREC® CAD/CAM Restoration?
The CEREC method allows restoration materials to be milled and ground onsite for a quick, custom fit. CEREC uses CAD/CAM technology. CAD stands for computer-aided design, and CAM stands for computer-aided manufacturing. These advanced technologies contribute to the remarkable speed and efficiency of CEREC restorations.
What Does CEREC® CAD/CAM Restoration Involve?
The CEREC® restoration process starts with a digital impression of your teeth. This scan takes detailed 3D images of your teeth to create custom restorations. Without the hassle of a traditional impression tray, the CEREC® method provides patients a more pleasant treatment experience.
After the digital impression has been taken, CEREC® software creates ultra-precise restoration designs. This highly advanced software is fast and efficient, helping you get treated and out the door faster.
We now use CEREC® milling and grinding to bring restoration designs to life. Milling or grinding restoration materials, such as ceramic or solid zirconia, allow for exceptional accuracy. So, you’ll receive smooth, precisely shaped restorations with slender fissures.
The final step in the CEREC® process for creating restorations is sintering and glazing. This process is completed chairside with exceptional speed and accuracy.
Partial crowns are also known as inlays and onlays. When a patient suffers from tooth decay or damage that does not warrant an extraction but cannot be treated with standard fillings, in such cases, dental inlays and onlays or partial crowns help restore the teeth to their original strength.
Inlays and onlays or partial crowns are a modified version of standard fillings. Also known as indirect fillings, the material required for inlays and onlays or partial crowns is prepared in a laboratory, unlike conventional fillings. The structures are a go-to procedure when patients need to replace or remove old fillings.
What is the difference between inlays and onlays?
The primary difference between inlays and onlays is their area of application. While inlays are applied to the inside of the cusps of the teeth, onlays are applied to the biting surface and can fill more than one cusp across the tooth. Generally, inlays are used for small areas, while onlays repair large areas. However, inlays and onlays are manufactured using materials like composite resins, gold, or ceramics, owing to their durability.
What are the benefits of partial crowns?
Partial crowns are preferred over metal fillings for the following reasons:
- They are durable: The material used in crafting inlays or onlays ensures their durability. The hard-wearing and robust materials make the inlays and onlays last for as long as 30 years.
- Provide increased strength: Metal fillings diminish teeth power by 50 percent. However, inlays and onlays help increase teeth strength by up to 75 percent.
- Prolong tooth life: Inlays and onlays are known to prolong tooth life. Furthermore, the procedure shields the patient from the need for dental treatment in the future.
If you are interested in custom crowns, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at 813-733-6981 or request a dental appointment online.