Restore Damaged Teeth
Dental Crowns in Holly Springs
If your tooth has been damaged by decay or an oral injury, a crown is often the best way to restore your smile and repair your bite. At Spring Smiles, Dr. Duncan has years of experience successfully restoring teeth with dental crowns in Holly Springs. If you have a cracked, chipped, or decayed tooth, call us today to schedule an appointment!
Types Of Dental Crowns
Same-Day (CEREC) & Lab-Made Crowns
We offer both same-day (CEREC) crowns and lab-made crowns at our office. CEREC uses a special, 3D imaging tool and a CAD/CAM (Computer-assisted design/manufacturing) unit that allows Dr. Duncan to create custom crowns in just 30 minutes. Using CEREC, you can restore your tooth in just a single appointment!
Our high-quality lab-made crowns provide unparalleled durability and precision. Lab-made crowns are typically are more durable than CEREC and they may be required in some situations when CEREC crowns are not appropriate, such as when your tooth has broken below the gum line. The CEREC 3D scanner is unable to scan underneath the gum line, which means that a lab-made crown would be required for this situation.
When Crowns Are Necessary
Do I Need A Dental Crown?
Crowns are typically used to treat extensively decayed teeth that can’t be treated with dental fillings. They are also often used to restore a tooth after it has been treated with root canal therapy or to restore teeth that have been cracked or damaged by dental trauma. Crowns are also more rarely used for cosmetic purposes to cover up a stained or misshapen tooth if an alternative treatment like bonding or veneers cannot be used.
What To Expect
The Crown Placement Process
The duration of your treatment depending on which type of crown you get. CEREC crowns can be placed in one appointment, and lab-made crowns typically take two visits. At your first appointment, Dr. Duncan will begin by cleaning your teeth and numbing your mouth. Then, he will trim your tooth to remove damaged or decayed enamel and shape it into a stable platform onto which your crown can be bonded. Then, he will take dental impressions or use a special imaging device to capture a 3D image of your mouth.
If you’re getting a CEREC crown, Dr. Duncan will upload this 3D image to a CEREC machine. After a few adjustments, he’ll select a block of porcelain that matches the color of your teeth and begin crafting the crown. This usually takes about 30 minutes.
If you’re having a lab-made crown, your dental impressions will be sent to our partner dental lab, where your crown will be made. You’ll be sent home with a temporary crown. Then, you’ll come back in 2-3 weeks when your crown arrives at our office and Dr. Duncan will bond it into place permanently.