Crowns just by themselves are for teeth that are broken so much or they've had such large fillings in them that another filling just is not going to last very long. We want something that's going to last awhile. The crown goes all the way around your tooth, so it covers up about 99 percent of your tooth so that, that can't get decay in it anymore. Plus, a crown will make your tooth about three times stronger than a natural tooth. That's what crowns do. Now, bridges are one of the options for replacing missing teeth. There’s four options for replacing missing teeth. One of them is to do nothing; if you do nothing, generally the teeth either behind that space or around it will collapse into that space and your bite slowly collapses. We like to replace that tooth with something.
The next option is a partial denture, and that's something that you take in and out. You can take it out, leave it in your glass at night. Most people don't like that. They like something that stays in all the time. The next most common thing is a bridge. If we have a tooth on either side of that space, we reshape those teeth if they aren't reshaped already and we make one three-unit piece that goes down over there with a fake tooth in the middle. The main disadvantage with that is that you can't floss like normal because it's all one piece. You can floss underneath. It's not a big deal to do that. We have little gadgets that help you get underneath and clean that.
The ideal thing is an implant. That is like getting your tooth back again. The disadvantage is, it's a bit more costly but it's about the same cost as a three-unit bridge, but it does it take a little bit longer because we are waiting for the bone to heal around this implant. It can take anywhere from four to nine months depending on your situation.
Waiting on something you really need is one of the hardest things to do. Dr. Boyle wants you to know that waiting on your new smile is not one of those things. At Dr. Tab A. Boyle, DDS, you will be able to have your smile back in as little as a single visit. Check out our exciting CEREC dental restoration system and how this modern marvel will give you your smile again. Call our dental office in Lancaster, CA at 661-524-8457 to schedule your dental crowns and dental bridges Lancaster, CA area to help you restore your teeth again.
The Wonder Of CEREC
If you have not heard of CEREC, then you are missing out on one of the dental wonders of our modern age. CEREC, or Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, allows Dr. Boyle to produce a custom-made crown to restore your smile while you are in the exam chair. One visit, one new crown – it is that simple. CEREC is a form of CAD/CAM dentistry. Through the use of computer technology, your new crown is closer and more easily produced than ever before.
I had a problem with my left front tooth, and I don't know if it happened from a battle with another kid, maybe in the third grade. I took a fall on the Jefferson Memorial. I might have been eight or nine at the time. I don't know what happened to that particular tooth, but it had a discoloration to it. The doctor periodically would talk to me about it and they would keep an eye on it and look at it. Never improved and it won't improve, but it didn't really have a problem with the root. When this finally got to the point where Beverly and the office got hold of my dental insurance carrier and got the approval to go ahead and get a crown put on that one and on the other one to kind of keep them equal. That would be the kind of thing that you look at daily.
You don't like the way it looked, but it really didn't need any care other than cosmetic care. When I finally got tired of looking at it and let them improve it with the crown, it all happened fairly quickly and didn't take long. Overall, I would not consider it painful at all in any of the work that they did. I'm a lot happier with it now than I was before, that the final outcome, I think, came out really well.
Developed in 1980, the CEREC method has since seen further innovations that have brought the method to where it is today. The current process uses a 3D imaging system that allows Dr. Boyle to mimic the biting surface of your original tooth. The new system also allows for more than one restoration to be worked on at any given time, further reducing the amount of time that stands between you and your new smile.
What CEREC Can Do For You
CEREC gives Dr. Boyle the ability to quickly produce custom dental restorations for several different applications.
- Dental Crowns – A cap-like structure that fits over top of a damaged tooth. This damage could be a severe crack or a broken tooth. A severely decayed tooth may also be a candidate for a crown after the decay has been removed. Dr. Boyle will use CEREC to custom make a restorative dental crown, which will do two things. The first is protect the tooth from further damage. The second is restore the look and function of your tooth.
- Inlays – A partial dental crown that sits on the inside of your biting surface. Some damage is not extensive enough to warrant a full crown, and an inlay is a perfect solution for small problems on your biting surface.
- Onlays – Like the inlay, this is a partial dental crown, but instead of sitting on the inside of the biting surface, this solution addresses issues with the outer biting surface. Dr. Boyle will go over your problem and be able to direct you to the option that will work best for you.
Benefits Of CEREC
Of all the different benefits that CEREC offers, there are two that really set it apart from the rest.
Time – Normally, you would be waiting for up to two or more weeks for your crown to be made. That is weeks of pain and inconvenience that you don’t have with the CEREC system. A single visit is all that is required to get your tooth taken care of.
Accuracy – The precise nature of CAD/CAM is unquestioned in other areas, such as industrial manufacturing. The same is true in the field of dentistry. A computer does not make the mistakes that humans often do. With that in mind, you can be sure that when Dr. Boyle says your restoration will look just like your original tooth, he means just that.
What About Bridges?
Bridges are a big part of crown dentistry. Crowns are used to anchor a replacement tooth that fills the gap left by a tooth you’ve lost. While bridges may take more than one visit to complete, the use of CEREC in the process still dramatically decreases the amount of time you’ll be without your full smile.
Well, I came in on a recommendation from someone because I knew eventually I had to get a lot of work done. I tried them out, and I found them to be very friendly and listened to what my concerns were, and doctor was really good about reassuring me. The bottom teeth were getting really worn, and I knew eventually I had to have something done. I told Dr. Boyle to let me know when it was time. I came in one day and I said, 'I'm getting concerned about the bottom teeth.' He looked at them and he said, 'It's time to do those.' At that point I decided to go ahead and do all of them so that they could readjust my bites. One of the team members here mocked up what the teeth would look like, so I got to wear temporaries to see how it would be and ... Because some of my teeth had to be made longer, especially on the bottom, just to have some better shape to them.
After that we went ahead and did the permanent ones, and in one day they put them all in, so I went home with a whole new set of teeth that day. I never experienced pain, just the discomfort of having your mouth open for a long time. I'm really glad I did it. As a matter of fact, I probably put it off for too long, but I kept hoping I didn't have to do it. But once I had it done, I realized that not only functionally was it better, but cosmetically it looked a whole lot better. I think I smile bigger now, I don't try to hide my bottom teeth so much, so I smile in pictures more than I used to.
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