February 20th, 2018
At Nathanson Dental, porcelain crowns are part of our every day routine. Check out this patient's testimonial and her experience in our office with crowns.
If you need dental restorations, and are near Hunt Valley, MD, give our office a call at 443-275-9641.
November 1st, 2017
Does your smile need a pick-me-up? Is it suffering from numerous cracks, chips, or stains so deep in the enamel that you can’t erase them via whitening? If so, then it’s time you come in to pay our team here at Nathanson Dental a visit.
We’ll show you what crowns can do for your smile, your self-confidence, and how they can restore your smile to what it used to be.
How do crowns work?
Crowns are actually some of the simplest cosmetic dentistry options available. They’re essentially what they sound like – a crown, or “cap” that covers a damaged or decayed tooth.
Dr. Joel Nathanson will first take a look at the tooth (or teeth) in need of a crown. Then, he will take a mold of other teeth to make your crown match the other teeth in your mouth.
The affected tooth is then ground away to remove the damaged part of it, leaving a bit of tooth left called an abutment. The crown, usually made from a ceramic material, is then cemented on top of the abutment.
Do they look and feel real?
A common question asked about crowns is how they’ll look, feel, and function in your mouth. Crowns are designed to replicate real teeth. However, since they’re designed like real teeth, you do need to remember to keep your crowns clean just like your normal teeth. This will ensure they last as long as possible.
Don’t delay any longer – call us at (443) 275-9641 to get started with crowns for your teeth!
July 10th, 2017
CEREC® is an in-office crown making process. It’s done with a computer, a milling chamber, and an oven. It's a different type of restoration that we can do in our office, rather than sending it out to a lab, through a series of pictures. The photos are uploaded into the computer first, from the computer it’s then digitally transferred to the milling chamber, and then it makes the crown out of a little block of porcelain. The porcelain block is a light purple shade at first which is then glazed to match your tooth color.
Why CEREC® over a traditional crown? While they are both equally important options to have in our dental repertoire, some benefits include:
- All the work is completed in the office so you don’t have to come back for another visit,
- the durability is roughly the same, dependent on where the restoration is being put into the mouth; in the back part of the mouth there is a lot of force so sometimes a traditional crown is still preferable,
- although the same day appointment may take a little longer, we have different amenities that we like to offer to all of our patients: Netflix, massage pads on the chairs, and we also give patients a series of breaks during their CEREC® procedure. We let them get up, use the restroom, get something to drink if needed. Depending on where the restoration is in the mouth it could take up to 2.5 hours.
- Perhaps the best benefit of all is that you can eat right away after your CEREC® restoration!
Regardless of if you have a CEREC® or a traditional crown, routine cleanings and daily brushing and flossing is recommended to maintain your overall oral health. With flossing just be sure to pull down and pull through with your floss, rather than pull down and pull up, as the force may cause the crown to become loose.
Concerned about new technology? Never fear! Here at Nathanson Dental we are continually learning and growing with our technology. We have a lot of representatives that come to our office and show us what's new, and any updates we need to do to the CEREC® computer, since it is all digital and connected to the milling chamber. There are also a multitude of out of office continuing education classes that Dr. Nathanson attends to stay up to date on all of our advanced dental technology.
If you need a crown, give our office a call to get your appointment scheduled.