Crowns are a cosmetic restoration used to improve your tooth’s shape or strength. Crowns or onlays (partial crowns) are needed when the tooth strength is insufficient to support a filling. Crowns are “caps” cemented onto an existing tooth. They fully cover the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, it becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal or both. Porcelain crowns are preferred because they mimic the color of natural teeth and are very strong.
At Southeastern Dental Group, we frequently use CEREC technology to handle crowns. This technology allows for digital imaging impressions of the teeth, eliminating the need for molded impressions. There is also no need for temporary crowns because CEREC crowns are made in the office and bonded permanently to the tooth in just one visit. Seriously, all of our CEREC crowns are designed, milled, polished, stained and glazed right here in our office while you wait. These beautiful, strong, porcelain crowns are made from pressed ceramic blocks and designed specifically for your smile.