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Sometimes our smiles need a little assistance to look their best, and Dr. Darian Hampton, an expert North Dallas cosmetic dentist, can help. At The Hampton's Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Hampton employs veneers, dental implants and crowns to restore radiance to patients’ smiles.
With ceramic crowns, the skillful cosmetic dentistry provider can fix a chipped tooth, a fractured filling and many other problems that may be ruining your beautiful smile. Read on For more information about how ceramic crowns can rejuvenate your smile.
Dr. Hampton places a crown, or cap, over the surface of a tooth, encapsulating all of the original tooth material. He can use a crown to strengthen a decaying or damaged tooth, or improve the shape, size, alignment or look of a tooth. Dr. Hampton may also place a crown on top of a dental implant (i.e., a metal fixture that serves as a base for a crown or dental bridge when there is not enough tooth material to support a crown conventionally) to look and function like a natural tooth. Dr. Hampton may also recommend a crown if he cannot use a traditional white dental filling to restore a tooth with a large cavity.
Specifically, Dr. Hampton may advise a crown for one of the following reasons:
Crowns can be made of different materials, including stainless steel and metal alloy. However, Dr. Hampton prefers ceramic crowns because he can match them to the color of your teeth, making them look most like your natural teeth. He can also customize the size and shape of your crown.
Ceramic crowns are durable and reliable. Although Dr. Hampton expects ceramic crowns to last many years, he may eventually need to replace a crown, as can be expected with most dental restorations.
Dr. Hampton may suggest a bridge if you are missing one or multiple teeth. Missing teeth leave gaps in your mouth. When you have a gap in your mouth, the teeth adjacent to the gap tend to migrate into the open space. This makes you more susceptible to developing a bad, unaligned bite, which can cause gum disease or TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder.
Bridges span the gaps caused by missing teeth. Dr. Hampton bonds the bridge to dental implants or teeth on either side of a gap. These anchoring teeth or implants are called abutments. Similar to crowns, Dr. Hampton can match the color of a ceramic bridge to your remaining teeth.
Before a crown or bridge can be crafted and attached, Dr. Hampton must shave down the natural tooth, so the crown will fit over it. Once the North Dallas dentist is satisfied with the new size/shape of the tooth, he takes an impression, or mold, of the newly shaped tooth. He also determines what color the ceramic crown (or bridge) should be in order to match the color of your natural teeth.
The staff at The Hampton's Family & Cosmetic Dentistry office then sends your impression to a lab, where a lab technician makes your crown or bridge. Dr. Hampton will fit you with temporary crowns to cover any prepared teeth while you wait for the permanent crowns or bridges. You will return to the dental office once your permanent crown arrives, so Dr. Hampton can remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent crown or bridge into place.
Crowns and bridges can last your entire life, but they may also loosen or fall out over time. You can do your part to help your crown or bridge last a long time by practicing excellent oral hygiene. Periodontal (gum) or dental disease can cause a crown or bridge to fall out, so you should keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing your teeth at least twice and flossing each day. You should also visit The Hampton's Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for regular dental exams and cleanings. Avoid gnawing on ice, hard food and hard objects to prevent your crown or bridge from being damaged.
Traditional dental crowns require multiple appointments with laboratory work in between. First, impressions must be taken and sent to a dental laboratory for fabrication. While the permanent crowns are being crafted, temporary crowns are placed. Several weeks later, when the permanent crowns are ready, the temporary crowns are removed and replaced with the permanent crowns. This is time-consuming and inconvenient for busy patients.
Dr. Darian Hampton is pleased to introduce a new piece of technology for patients seeking same-day custom ceramic crowns in North Dallas to restore chipped, cracked, discolored or damaged teeth. The Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (known as CEREC) system makes it possible for Dr. Hampton to fit, design, craft and place crowns in a single visit. Dentists have been using CEREC crowns with exceptional results for 30 years. The CEREC system can also be used for veneers, onlays and inlays.
CEREC is a chairside treatment. This means General Dentist Dr. Hampton can perform all of the necessary steps, including taking digital impressions of your teeth as well as designing and milling your crown while you are in the office.
First, Dr. Hampton uses the CEREC Omnicam intraoral camera to scan your teeth and bite and take digital optical impressions. The Omnicam is non-invasive and comfortable to move around in your mouth (unlike traditional messy powder impressions). By charting your teeth and mouth with the Omnicam, Dr. Hampton obtains the precise, three-dimensional images he needs. This piece of the planning process is critical to avoid producing crowns that don’t fit, are uncomfortable in the mouth or throw off the bite.
The images and information obtained with the Omnicam are then fed into the CEREC computer software to design a three-dimensional model of your crown. The CEREC system relies on CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) software to design your unique restorations.
When the crown model has been perfected, the restoration is milled out of a block of high-quality ceramic material in the CEREC MC XL machine. The ceramic is color-matched to your natural teeth so the crown blends in flawlessly. Finally, Dr. Hampton makes any last-minute finishing touches (e.g., polishing) to the crown, and places it over your damaged tooth. It is securely bonded to the tooth using dental cement.
With the proper care and attention, your CEREC crown can last for many years. Clinical studies show excellent success rates (95.5 percent at nine years, 84 percent at 18 years). Regular brushing, flossing and yearly dental visits to Dr. Hampton should prolong the life of your crown.