Crowns are a great restoration used to strengthen a tooth or improve its shape. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn or partially destroyed by tooth decay.
Crowns are "cemented" onto an existing tooth and fully cover the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth's new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain or gold. Porcelain crowns are often preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are very strong.
Crowns are needed when there is insufficient tooth structure remaining to place a filling. A crown is created from your unique tooth impression which allows a dental technician to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. Your crown is then sculpted just for you so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.
In keeping with Dr. Palmer and Dr. King's desire to stay on the cutting edge of technology, he utilizes the CEREC system to fabricate crowns in just one visit when applicable. CEREC is a computer aided design/manufacturing technology that allows dentists to provide restorations chairside that were traditionally manufactured in dental labs. One of the many benefits to using CEREC is that the crown is completed in one appointment thus saving you time in your busy schedule.