Dental Crowns in Shawnee, KS
If you’ve broken a tooth, our carefully crafted crowns are designed to protect and strengthen the tooth while restoring your beautiful smile.
What are dental crowns?
The crown portion of your tooth is what shows above the gum line. If your natural crown has become fractured or decayed beyond the help of a filling, we can place a new crown that will restore the function and aesthetics of your damaged tooth.
When do you need a dental crown?
The ideal candidate for a dental crown is a patient with serious tooth damage or pain. You may need a crown to protect a weak tooth, restore a break or crack, restore missing tooth structure, hold a bridge in place, cover an implant, fix a misshapen or discolored tooth, or after performing a root canal. We can craft a dental crown that can solve any number of these problems. The new crown will allow you to smile confidently, while also chewing normally and comfortably.
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Our Process Using CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEramic REConstruction) For Dental Crowns
In our office, getting a crown is routine, comfortable, and quick. We utilize 3D CAD/CAM milling technology to create your new crown digitally and fabricate it right here in our office! Once we’ve applied a local anesthetic, we remove the decay and reduce the tooth down in size, leaving only healthy tissue. Next, we take an impression or a digital scan to create the final crown. While you wait for the crown to be created, we place a temporary crown in its spot to allow for normal function. We are typically able to place the new crown within a day or two of your visit. Our in-house milling machine allows us to schedule your placement right away because we don’t have to send it away to a lab. What takes most dental practices several weeks, we can do in a day.
Benefits of CEREC Crowns
Crafting and placing your crown in just one or two visits is not an exaggeration. We take a traditional or digital impression of your tooth and send it to our in-office CEREC machine. Our doctors can immediately design a dental crown on this machine and send it to our milling machine. Once your replacement crown is complete, we’ll fit it on your tooth at a second appointment the following day, make any necessary adjustments, and send you on your way!
CEREC crowns look as nice and natural as traditional crowns, yet they take a fraction of the time to fabricate as their counterparts. There’s no waiting weeks for crowns to be made at a dental lab that could be all the way across the country. We have it done within a day or two of your first visit.
Boasting over three decades of clinical research and practical experience to support its success, the CEREC approach has been used to perform millions of restorations worldwide. Our office was actually one of the first in the Kansas City Metro area to use CEREC in office ~20 year ago! Our doctors use high-quality ceramic material to match the natural color of your teeth as they implement the advanced CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) system: a camera, computer, milling machine, and firing oven.
Our dentists use a special top-of-the-line camera to take accurate digital impressions of your tooth which are transferred and displayed on a color computer monitor where we apply CAD technology to design the restoration. Our doctors are in full control of designing every aspect of your new crown. There is no leaving detail or fit up to a lab technician. CAM automatically creates a flawless restoration for your tooth once the design is finalized. The last step in the process is firing the restoration in an oven to give the crown its proper strength and appearance.
If you are wondering if the speed of the CEREC method might reduce the quality of our crowns, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, CEREC crowns are made of advanced ceramic materials that are remarkably hard once fired. Oftentimes, the only way to adjust them is to use burs impregnated with diamonds. These materials have special properties that also give a translucency that looks like your natural enamel, yet isn’t so hard that it wears away your natural neighboring teeth.