Did you know that approximately 120 million people in our nation are missing at least one tooth (American College of Prosthodontics, 2018)? Generally speaking, Americans don’t give their teeth the quality care needed in order to maintain good dental health. Our busy schedules lead to poor eating habits, and many people are unaware of the importance of dental cleanings for maintaining good oral hygiene and for preventing cavities. Skipping dental cleanings and dental check-ups, in addition to eating foods high in sugar or acid, can actually lead to the breakdown of our teeth and the formation of cavities. At Hicks Dental Group, our first concern is preventative care, but if restorative care is needed, we can help.
Cavities can usually be repaired with fillings, but sometimes the decay of our teeth progresses too far and requires the use of dental crowns. Dental crowns are a covering that is added over the tooth to prevent it from further decay. Usually made of porcelain, the shape and color of this covering is formed to look just like a person’s existing teeth. However, older crowns were typically made of metals, such as gold. Porcelain is a sturdy and long-lasting material that is cleaned in the same way existing teeth are cleaned. With proper care, porcelain crowns will last for years before needing replacement.
Dental crowns are an ideal way to treat certain dental issues and they are minimally invasive. And here’s the good news; at Hicks Dental Group, patients no longer have to worry about scheduling multiple appointments to receive a dental crown. Using CEREC 3D restorations, we’re able to avoid the use of temporary crowns and fillings, while providing our patients with accurately fitted dental crowns. The CEREC 3D camera scans the tooth and determines the size and shape of the crown needed. Then, in a matter of minutes, the CEREC software cuts a porcelain block into a dental crown using the precise measurements taken from the scan. With CEREC 3D technology, Hicks Dental Group can quickly meet your dental needs with long-lasting, natural-looking dental crowns.
If you have questions, please contact us. We care about your dental health!\
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