Crowns and Bridges
Are damaged or missing teeth causing you pain and embarrassment or making you feel hopeless about the state of your smile?
At the office of Winter Springs dentist Christopher Young, DMD, we offer a wide range of dental treatments that will get your oral health back on track and restore your comfort and confidence. Versatile options like dental crowns enable us to customize your treatment and address just about any dental problem you have.
Above all, we enjoy getting to know our patients and working with them to find the best solution for their unique smiles. As part of your treatment, we take time to understand what’s important to you so we can resolve your problem and ensure you are thrilled with the final outcome.
State-of-the-Art CEREC Crowns
We live in a time when dental technology is continually advancing. One of our goals is to incorporate these technologies into our practice whenever they make your visits more comfortable, efficient, and productive.
One advancement we’re especially excited about is CEREC same-visit crowns. CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, which simply means we can fabricate a beautiful new all-ceramic crown for you while you wait comfortably in our dental chair.
Of course, we are also pleased to offer high-quality, durable, lab-fabricated crowns. But CEREC technology eliminates multiple visits and impressions, temporary crowns, and waiting for the restoration while it's made at an outside lab. Our busy patients appreciate the option of CEREC technology that streamlines the sometimes-tedious process of getting lab-fabricated crowns. Using CEREC, we can fabricate your customized restoration right here in our Winter Springs dental office during a single visit.
How We Create CEREC Crowns
When a tooth is compromised by decay, infection, or trauma, a crown rebuilds it to its optimal shape and function.
If we determine that a crown is the best solution for you, Dr. Young will start by preparing the tooth just as he would for a lab-processed crown. But the similarity between the two end there!
We use state-of-the-art imaging technology to scan your teeth and share the digital information to a software program. Dr. Young uses the software to develop a virtual 3-D model of your new crown. We share this information with a machine right here in our office that mills your new crown from a solid block of ceramic.
When the crown is finished, we will adjust it for fit, check your bite, and cement the restoration securely in place. The entire process usually takes about two hours from start to finish.
Lab-Processed Crowns and Bridges
In some cases, Dr. Young may recommend a zirconia restoration because of its strength and durability. Our high-quality zirconia crowns and bridges are stronger than porcelain, won't chip, and can last a lifetime with proper care.
The process for creating a lab restoration is similar to that used for CEREC, but instead of finishing your crown chairside, we will send it to a trusted custom dental lab to be fabricated. When we receive your finished restoration, we will have you return to our office to have it adjusted, polished, and cemented in your mouth.
We're also pleased to offer our patients stunning transformations with porcelain veneers. A veneer is a tooth-shaped slice of porcelain that covers the front surface of your teeth. Since veneers conceal your tooth, there are numerous ways we can use them.
Are your teeth unevenly spaced? Do you have slight tooth misalignment that mars your smile? Both of these problems as well as many others can be addressed with customized porcelain veneers. Porcelain closely mimics the appearance of dental enamel, so they blend beautifully with the rest of your smile.
Like crowns and bridges, dental impressions are used to create a model for your new veneers. The model is then sent to a custom lab where your veneers are designed just for you. When your veneers are ready, you will return to our office so we can check them for fit and bond them securely to your teeth.
Which Custom Restoration Is Right for You?
If you have damaged or unattractive teeth and aren't sure which type of restoration is best for you, please call us to arrange an appointment. Dr. Young will talk to you about your concerns and make recommendations that fit all your needs. If you're insured, you will be happy to know that, like lab-processed restorations, CEREC restorations are partially covered by most dental insurance plans.
Please call our office, and we will be happy to arrange a time for you to stop by for a consultation to discuss your concerns and find the solution that best fits your needs.