At Transcend Specialized Dentistry, we combine a commitment to exceptional patient care with state-of-the-art technology and advanced materials to provide top-quality restorative and cosmetic dental treatments. Among these treatments, dental crowns stand out as a particularly effective solution for a variety of dental issues.
Understanding Crowns, Partial Crowns, and Veneers
Dental crowns, partial crowns, and veneers are different types of restorations used to improve the function and aesthetics of your teeth.
A dental crown is a cap that covers the entire tooth, restoring its shape, size, strength, and appearance. Crowns are typically used when the tooth is damaged or decayed beyond what a filling can repair.
A partial crown, also known as an inlay or onlay, is used when the tooth is not damaged enough to require a full crown. It only covers the affected portion of the tooth, preserving more of the natural tooth structure.
Veneers are thin shells that cover the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. Unlike crowns and partial crowns, veneers are used primarily for cosmetic purposes and do not provide the same level of structural support.
Our Choice of Materials
At Transcend Specialized Dentistry, we primarily use all-ceramic materials such as lithium disilicate and zirconia for our crowns. These materials are chosen for their superior strength and aesthetic qualities. All-ceramic crowns can be shaded and shaped to match your natural teeth, providing a seamlessly natural look. Moreover, they are incredibly durable and resistant to cracking or chipping, offering longevity and peace of mind.
The Advantage of Our In-house Laboratory
One of the significant advantages we offer is our in-house laboratory. Having this facility allows us to design and manufacture our crowns on-site. This ensures high quality control and allows for real-time collaboration between our prosthodontists and lab technicians. It also reduces the wait time for patients, making the treatment process smoother and more efficient.
From Temporary to Final Crowns
We employ advanced 3D printing technology to create temporary crowns. This ensures you are not left with a gap in your smile while your final crown is being made. These temporary crowns are designed to be functional and aesthetic, providing a temporary solution until your final crown is ready.
For the final crown, we use precision milling technology. This process accurately carves your crown from a solid block of the chosen ceramic material, providing an exact fit and excellent durability.
The Strength of Zirconia and Minimally Invasive Approach
Zirconia, in particular, is renowned for its strength. It’s an exceptionally durable material that can withstand the heavy biting forces, making it an excellent choice for crowns, especially those on the back teeth.
Furthermore, we follow a minimal preparation protocol. This means we aim to keep as much of your natural tooth structure as possible, reducing the risk of needing more invasive procedures like root canals in the future.
Precision with Digital Impressions
At Transcend Specialized Dentistry, we have replaced traditional impression methods with digital intra-oral scanners. These scanners capture highly accurate 3D models of your teeth, helping us design crowns with a precise fit. A well-fitted crown is key to long-term success, as it minimizes potential issues like cavities or gum disease around the crown.
In conclusion, our combination of expertise, technology, and high-quality materials allows us to provide dental crowns that not only restore function and aesthetics but also contribute to the overall health and longevity of your teeth. We aim to keep you well-informed and comfortable throughout your journey with us, ensuring a positive and beneficial dental experience.