CEREC® Dentistry is an art as well as a science

Dental crowns offer a perfect example of dentistry as an art. A dental crown or “cap” is a covering that fits over a damaged, decayed or unattractive tooth. It can even replace a tooth entirely as part of dental bridgework. Dr. Ray Becker places dental crowns in his Ellicott City dentist office, often during a single visit using CEREC® technology.

CEREC : Done in One

“The CEREC tecnhique is centered around the conveniece to the patient. You don’t have to have multiple visits, you dont have to have messy temporaries.. the material its self is extremely closely matched to natural human dentition and the patient gets it done in one sitting.” Dr. Ray Becker

CEREC technology allows for a patient to receive a dental crown in just one visit to our Ellicott City, MD dentist office. So you are done, in one. CEREC eliminates messy impression trays, temporary crowns, and weeks of waiting. The latest in dental technology, CEREC uses the highest quality restoration materials for durable and natural looking results.

About Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers a tooth that is decayed, cracked or otherwise damaged. A crown completely covers a tooth above the gum line. This is in contrast to a dental veneer, which only covers a tooth's front surface and needs natural tooth structure to support it. Therefore, if a tooth is missing a significant amount of structure above the gum line, a crown would be the restoration of choice.

Dr. Becker also uses dental crowns in cosmetic dentistry treatments to improve the appearance of teeth that are misshapen, misaligned or discolored.

Crowns also strengthen damaged teeth, allowing them to function normally again.

Porcelain vs. Gold Dental Crown

Howard County dentist Dr. Becker offers several choices in material for dental crowns. He will generally use a tooth-colored restoration such as porcelain for teeth in the smile zone. Teeth in the back of the mouth may be better restored using a gold tooth cap.

Both choices are highly durable and the dentist will help you choose which is right based on your needs, goals and budget.

Dental Crown Procedure

Dental Crowns: Step By Step

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Initial Visit- First, Dr. Becker will conduct a thorough examination of the teeth, gums, jaw joints and other support structures. Using diagnostic x-rays, molds and impressions, the dentist will look for hidden signs of decay, stress and instability. This exam will help Dr. Becker to design a personalized treatment plan that will restore the tooth to optimal health and function. The dentist will inform you on the various options you have for dental crowns and help you make the best choice.

Tooth Preparation - Once the treatment plan is finalized, Dr. Becker will prepare the teeth by removing a small amount of the natural tooth structure to accommodate the dental crown. A temporary tooth cap will be placed on the tooth while the final restoration is being fabricated at the dental laboratory.

Final Restoration - In about 2 to 3 weeks, you will return to our Ellicott City dentist office for the delivery appointment. Dr. Becker will try on the dental crown and secure it for a permanent fit.

CEREC® Single Visit Restorations

cerecAdvanced dental technology known as Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing, or CAD/CAM, makes it possible to fabricate laboratory-grade crowns and other dental restorations in minutes. It's an amazing innovation when you consider that traditionally, crowns take two or three visits and just as many weeks of waiting. Now you can have a restored tooth without the wait.

Best of all, studies have shown that CAD/CAM tooth restorations are just as successful as crowns made with traditional materials and techniques. And the amazingly lifelike appearance of a same-day crown means that no one will know your tooth has been restored.

How it Works

With the help of the CAD/CAM software, Dr. Becker will design your crown while you wait. Then a block of dental ceramic material is chosen in the shade that most closely matches your own teeth. The computer's digital design is transmitted to a milling machine that carves the crown from the ceramic block in about five minutes.

Once the crown's fit has been verified, and any necessary aesthetic enhancements have been made to the crown's surface (staining and glazing, for example), the crown will be bonded to your tooth. With a traditional crown, you would have to wear a temporary restoration for several weeks while the permanent crown was being fabricated at the lab. With a same-day crown, you walk out with the real thing.