When a tooth is damaged beyond repair, a CEREC® crown is one treatment option available to restore its function and appearance. Like a traditional crown, a CEREC® crown is a cap that fits over the tooth. However, it offers its own unique advantages compared to a traditional crown while protecting the tooth in the same…
Reasons to Protect a Broken Tooth With a CEREC Crown
Made of durable, tooth-colored ceramic, CEREC® crowns have become popular in recent years. These restorations are sometimes used to strengthen a broken tooth. One appeal of these crowns is that they can be made in one visit.
CEREC® crowns are natural-looking restorations, so dentists use them for front as well as back teeth. Because they are fabricated in-office, the patient has more control over the final product than with lab-made crowns. The patient can help the dentist select a shade for the tooth, and many dentists let the patient approve the design before making the crown.
3 benefits of using a CEREC® crown to restore a broken tooth
A broken tooth is a dental emergency. Without treatment, the patient may eventually lose the tooth. Consider how a dental crown can extend the life of a broken tooth.
1. Reduce sensitivity
When a tooth breaks, the second layer of the tooth, dentin, is often exposed. This part of the tooth is much more sensitive than enamel. A patient may notice a sharp, throbbing sensation when a stimulus (such as cold water) touches the tooth.
A CEREC® crown replaces the enamel of the tooth, which helps reduce dentin hypersensitivity. This makes eating and drinking much more comfortable for the patient. With a same-day procedure, the vulnerable dentin is protected in one dentist visit. If the tooth is crowned soon after breaking, sensitivity is less likely.
2. Prevent decay
Not only is dentin more sensitive than enamel, but it is also softer. Therefore, cavities start more easily in this layer. Once a cavity forms in dentin, decay progresses rapidly. To prevent cavity formation, the delicate dentin should be covered with a CEREC® crown.
If a patient does not have a broken tooth restored, the chances of losing that tooth are high. A cavity may get so large that the tooth is no longer restorable. In that case a crown would no longer be an option, and the tooth must be extracted. A missing tooth can cause many problems, including drifting of adjacent teeth and reduced chewing function.
3. Restore function
A broken tooth may cause pain when biting, so the patient may avoid chewing on that side of the mouth. To restore the tooth to proper function, a CEREC® crown can be used. When designing the restoration, a dentist can recreate the tooth's natural anatomy. This creates a bite that is comfortable for the patient.
When properly cared for, a crown can last for years. A crowned tooth functions just as a normal one. A patient's bite and chewing function are most ideal when there are no missing or broken teeth.
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CEREC® crowns are popular restorations due to their convenience, function, and natural appearance. One of their most common uses is the restoration of broken teeth. For patients interested in this treatment, a consultation with a dentist is recommended. Find out how this same-day technology can benefit your oral health for years to come.
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