The Basic Dental Crown
As a basic staple in the arsenal of dental practitioners nationwide, dental crowns have been one of the most familiar dental procedures among the general populace for many years. The purpose of the standard dental crown is to repair a tooth that has sustained sizable damage or has simply decayed over time.
Although primitive, the methodology of the dental crown has proven itself to be an effective solution for restoring broken teeth to their former glory. This is achieved by way of a tooth-shaped cap that is fitted over the top of the tooth, effectively covering the damaged area and preventing any further damage or decay from occurring. This solution not only enables the tooth to become functional once again, but also provides the patient with some often much appreciated aesthetic relief as well.
Despite the obvious benefits of the standard dental crown, it is not without its share of drawbacks or issues as well. Even with its seemingly sturdy nature, the conventional crown has a lifespan of approximately ten years. While certainly the crown’s longevity weighs heavily on the lifestyle of the recipient as well as the amount of proper hygienic treatment it receives regularly, the crown will at some point need to be replaced.
In addition to its impermanent nature, the process of receiving a dental crown has historically shown itself to be a less than desirable experience among some patients, due to the somewhat time consuming and tedious process of receiving the crown. The standard dental crown requires a minimum of two appointments for the crown to be created and applied to the damaged tooth. While the specifications for the new crown are sent to be created in a lab, a temporary crown may be applied to prevent any damage from occurring in the interim. Although designed to serve as a temporary solution, the temporary crowns have caused frustration among patients in the past due to their overall fragility.
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CEREC Crown: A 21st Century Upgrade!
It’s often said that “it’s never too late for an old dog to learn some new tricks” and while that might not always be true, in the case of the trusty old dental crown, this statement couldn’t be more accurate!
As we progress further into the 21st Century, the conventional dental crown has finally received the long-awaited upgrade that both dentists and patients alike have asked for, with the revolutionary new CEREC technology!
The CEREC or “Chairside Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics” is a new type of dental crown that by way of digital imaging allows dentists to pinpoint the precise dimensions of you new crown, thus creating a seemingly perfect replica of the natural tooth. Indeed, the CEREC crown has received critical acclaim through the dental and medical fields since its inception and has been cited by many experts as offering a glimpse into the future of digitally based medical treatment.
Fascinated by the new technology and determined to provide it for to his patients at Overland Park Dentistry, Dr. Kimes quickly began receiving the necessary training and equipment allowing this to happen! It wasn’t long before the CEREC technology became a big hit amongst his patients, staff, and Dr. Kimes himself, thus becoming one of the most sought-after treatments ever!
“The thing that’s so great about the CEREC technology is how patient oriented it is, it allows me to design a case in my office right alongside the patient!” Dr. Kimes explained.
“Its really something of a collaboration between the patient, the staff and myself, as we all discuss the formation of the crown, and what would be best suited to help the patient.” By eliminating the need for an outside dental lab, the CEREC crown not only offers a much more personalized solution, but also allows the procedure to be fully completed within one single appointment!
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That’s right, no longer will patients have to deal with the hassle of scheduling multiple appointments, or frustration of managing the highly breakable temporary crown, as with one appointment the patient will receive a near flawless and permanent replacement.
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Changing the Dental Industry: One CEREC Crown at A Time!
As the CEREC crown continues to restore the mouths of patients across the country, Dr. Kimes and his staff at Overland Park Dentistry continue to remain busy, offering the CEREC crown and numerous other treatments to their patients to keep them smiling! If you have any questions about the CEREC technology, or are interested in receiving a CEREC crown of your own, feel free to call or stop by our offices and see what CEREC technology can do for you!
Dr. Charles R. Kimes, DDS and his expert team at Overland Park Dentistry look forward to having the opportunity to care for you and your family with any preventative, restorative or cosmetic dental needs you or your family may have. To schedule your dental appointment with your Overland Park Dentist, contact us at our south Overland Park office at (913) 647-8700 or our north Overland Park office at (913) 341-2380.