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What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a cap that encases a carefully reshaped natural tooth, protecting it and restoring its functionality. Modern dental crowns have come a long way in offering a fantastic restorative and cosmetic solution.

Dental crowns offer one of the most reliable tooth repair options for problematic teeth. They are used to restore and improve the function, strength, shape, or appearance of a tooth. If dental decay has damaged a tooth and it is in need of a procedure such as a root canal, a dental crown is used to restore it.

In addition to restoring damaged teeth, dental crowns are used to help secure and connect dental bridges. They are also used to top dental implants, replacing your missing teeth with a new, natural-looking replacement. With dental implants, a titanium root implanted into your jaw supports a natural-looking crown to restore functionality and improve your smile.

We'll help determine the best type of dental crown for you

Metal Crowns: These crowns provide an option to cover teeth in need of protection. Their advantage is that they are incredibly durable and easy to maintain. However, their downside is their appearance, which is less than perfect if you desire a natural looking smile. If, on the other hand, you need a crown to restore a tooth located at the back of your mouth, a metal crown could be an option for you.

Porcelain Fused on Metal: These crowns are durable, offering a solution for severely damaged teeth requiring some structural support as well as restoration. While the exterior of your dental crown will have a natural appearance, you may notice a very subtle line by your gum.

All Resin: These crowns are less expensive than other crown types. However, they can wear down over time and are more prone to fractures than porcelain fused to metal crowns.

All Porcelain:  These crowns are very popular due to their natural appearance, and the different shades available to match the color of your teeth. Porcelain crowns are easy to maintain and will not stain and change color. They offer an excellent cosmetic option for restoring front teeth.

All Ceramic: These are less expensive than their porcelain counterparts. They have similar properties to porcelain crowns, with the exception that their surface is porous. That means that they can stain and change color if exposed to staining agents such as coffee, and red wine, etc.

What Are Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and Onlays are used to restore teeth suffering from too much damage to support a dental filling, but not enough destruction to require the use of a dental crown. Onlays are frequently referred to as partial crowns and offer a more conservative approach to restoring teeth than traditional crowns. 

What is composite bonding?

Composite Bonding is a restorative procedure involving the cementing of a tooth-colored composite resin material to the tooth with the help of a curing light. Bonding can correct the appearance of chipped or discolored teeth, change the shape of a tooth, or close gaps between teeth. It offers a conservative approach to restoring your teeth since bonding leaves any remaining tooth structure intact.


Now Offering Same Day All Ceramic Crowns

Easy, gentle, and fast are some words to describe our same-day crowns. These crowns are identical to the “all ceramic” crowns discussed above. However, most of these crowns are conveniently completed in one appointment with the use of our intraoral scanner, mill, and furnace—there is no uncomfortable impression material. In addition, our in-office milling allows us to try in the prosthesis prior to completion, ensuring a final product with optimum fit and aesthetics.

Benefits of Same Day Ceramic Crowns:

  • Crowns take 2 hours instead of 2 weeks, which means only 1 visit (for most patients).
  • Everything is truly in-house and custom. Dr. Batten and his assistant do everything.
  • If a crown needs replaced for whatever reason, then we can reproduce an exact copy that fits and feels like the original product--no adjustment for the patient.
  • Can generate an exact mirror image of an adjacent tooth, which results in better symmetry (esthetics), which is useful for fixing front teeth.
  • Can try in the crowns before they are finished to completion. Once the crown is designed, we have a draft version of the final product in under 10 minutes.
  • No gooey impressions for 5 minutes - the scan takes less than 2 minutes to complete.
  • Ever-improving accuracy = Less margin for error.

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At Lake Oak Dental, we are committed to providing each of our patients with quality care at our state-of-the-art facility. We look forward to serving you and every member of your family!