May 20, 2016
Does a tooth damaged by decay, infection or injury have to be extracted? Maybe it does, but many thousands of teeth receive dental crowns to restore them to full strength and great aesthetics. Dr. Craig Vacek of Vacek Family Dentistry offers traditional crowns and innovative CEREC same-day crowns to complete marred smiles. Learn the pros and cons of each.
What is a dental crown in Lincoln?
A Lincoln dental crown is a long-used restoration which covers a damaged tooth from gum line to crown. Sometimes a tooth is so decayed that it can no longer be successfully filled, or a tooth may be broken due to a car accident or fall and lose much of its enamel above jaw.
Whatever the damage, Dr. Vacek believes in saving as much natural tooth structure as possible, rather than extracting and having the patient experience:
- An unattractive smile gap
- Weakening and drifting of neighboring teeth
- Impaired chewing and speaking
After evaluating the condition of the tooth in question and the patient’s overall oral health, Dr. Vacek may present the traditional crown or Lincoln CEREC crown as a tooth restoration option.
The pros and cons of the traditional crown
The traditional crown iscrafted from metal alloy, gold or porcelain fused to metal. Dr. Vacek and the patient choose the material based on application, or where the dentist will place the crown, and cost and convenience.
For instance, a traditional crown takes more than one dental visit to complete. X-rays and oral impressions help Dr. Vacek formulate a treatment plan to send to an outside dental lab for fabrication of the restoration.
The dentist removes the damaged enamel and filling material and places a temporary crown. During the next visit, he cements the restoration in place and adjusts the fit and bite.
While a traditional dental crown supports good smile aesthetics and oral function, it may not look totally realistic, particularly if fashioned from gold. Also, a porcelain fused to metal crown often shows a dark line just above the gums, a cosmetic defect which shows more over time as gums recede.
The pros and cons of the Lincoln CEREC crown
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic. In other words, the CEREC crown is a beautiful, all-porcelain crown made entirely in the dentist’s treatment room. Dr. Vacek likes placing CEREC crowns in smile zone applications, right in the front of the mouth. They also function well on back teeth where crushing forces are greatest.
Qualified patients enjoy getting their CEREC crowns created and placed in one dental visit. Dr. Vacek uses CAD-CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) software to make a digital impression of the patient’s mouth and of the new restoration. There’s no temporary crown to install. The CEREC milling machine takes Dr. Vacek’s instructions and translates them into a color-matched, perfectly-formed crown.
The milling process takes 15 to 20 minutes. Dr. Vacek polishes the crown, adjusts the color as needed, and bonds it over the prepared tooth.
Find your right restoration
If you have a failing or compromised tooth, let Dr. Craig Vacek help you determine if a traditional or CEREC crown is right for you. Contact the office today to arrange your personal consultation.
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