Two common restorations offered at Hunt Valley Dental are Crowns and Bridges. Both are used to help with the cosmetic appearance of your smile, while addressing other concerns.
Crowns are recommended for patients when they have a tooth that does not have enough tooth structure left to properly hold a filling, or for teeth that have undergone root canal therapy. Teeth with chips and cracks may also benefit from crowns. Crowns can be made in one of two ways. Crowns can either be all-porcelain, which is the most natural-looking type of restoration, or they can be porcelain fused to metal crowns, which will help give the restoration strength when being used in places such as the back of the mouth that need the most chewing efficiency. Bridges are used when replacing gaps left behind by a missing tooth or teeth. Bridges are constructed with two crowns that fit over the adjoining teeth and then one or more crowns connected together to replace the missing teeth. It, in essence, “bridges the gap.” Bridges can also be made with either all-porcelain or porcelain fused to metal.
We are pleased to offer the advanced technology of CEREC in our practice. This innovative system allows us to provide beautiful ceramic inlays, onlays, and crowns in a single visit to our office. CEREC utilizes the advanced technology of Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAD/CAM) software and equipment to give us the ability to design and create lovely precision restorations.
The ceramics used with the CEREC system have similar properties to tooth enamel, and can last a lifetime. This technology has revolutionized restorative treatments; we can design and mill the restoration in as little as 20 minutes. Patients love having the ability to complete their treatment in a single visit, and we love offering the ultimate in quality and convenience to our patients.
If you are looking to have dental restorations completed quickly and efficiently, consider calling Dr. Rhodes at Hunt Valley Dental today to schedule a consultation appointment and learn the benefits of crowns and onlays created with the state-of-the-art CEREC process.