James P. Zimmerman D.D.S ,F.A.G.D.
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Did you damage a tooth during a softball game? Has a tooth become weakened due to decay? Whatever the reason for your smile damage, Dr. James Zimmerman in Woodland can address it. Often, beautiful dental crowns are the treatments of choice.
What is a dental crown?
Dental crowns are restorations crafted from porcelain or from 100 percent, high-grade ceramic. Depending on your tooth and the damage it's sustained, Dr. Zimmerman may recommend a dental crown to restore your tooth. He offers innovative CEREC (Chairside Economic Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic) crowns, crafted on-site in just about an hour.
A crown completely covers the remaining healthy structure with a tooth-shaped cap. Using digital imaging, the dentist creates a negative imprint of the tooth. From there, he designs and fabricates a cap, or crown, to cover the tooth from its very top to the gum line.
Dental crowns shore up weak enamel, disguise stains, cover teeth treated with root canal therapy and restore dental implants. Additionally, they blend seamlessly with surrounding teeth in color, shape and size. So, smile aesthetics improve dramatically with crown placement.
CEREC crowns work well anywhere in the mouth, especially in the front where biting forces are less and aesthetics are paramount. Dr. Zimmerman takes digital impressions, shapes the tooth to receive the crown, designs the crown with special computer software and then mills it from a solid ceramic block. Fabrication takes about 20 minutes, and then it is bonded in place.
Usually, CEREC crowns need little adjustment for bite and fit because the design and manufacture processes are so precise. And yes, you leave the office with a restored tooth in just one visit!
Other uses for crowns
Crowns anchor fixed bridges to replace one, two or more missing teeth. Also, partial crowns, called inlays and onlays, replace old large fillings lying between the cusps, or corners, of molars or replace the corners themselves. Partial crowns are tooth-colored, all-ceramic restorations created with CEREC processes right in the treatment room.
You can help maintain your crown for many years if you:
- Brush twice daily.
- Floss once a day.
- See Dr. Zimmerman for routine cleanings and examinations.
- Avoid extra-hard foods, such as candy apples
- Wear an acrylic bite guard if you tend to clench or grind your teeth.
Your tooth can look and act brand-new with a beautiful dental crown from Dr. James Zimmerman. Call the office in Woodland, CA, for a consultation: (530) 661-1155.
Did you know that it's now possible to receive a permanent crown in just one dental visit? Woodland, CA, dentist Dr. James Zimmerman explains how CEREC same-day crowns have eliminated the wait.
What's the difference between porcelain and CEREC crowns?
Porcelain crowns require:
- Two visits
- Impressions created with soft dental putty
- A temporary crown after your first visit
- Food restrictions to ensure you don't damage the temporary crown
- A two week wait between first and second visits
In contrast, CEREC crowns only require:
- One visit
- A digital impression
- No temporary crowns
- No food restrictions
- No waiting to receive your permanent (and only) crown
The CEREC system uses computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology. The technology allows us to craft your new crown in our Woodland office, rather than sending your impression to a dental laboratory. If you find dental putty impressions unpleasant, you'll appreciate the digital process we use to create virtual impressions of your mouth. Just seconds after your mouth is scanned with a digital camera, an image of your teeth appears on our screen.
We'll use the CEREC CAD/CAM technology to design your new crown, then send it to our milling machine. The milling machine gradually removes layers from a block of ceramic or resin to create your restoration. Just as with traditional crowns, a few adjustments may be needed to ensure the ideal fit. After we make the adjustments, we'll cement the crown to your tooth.
Are CEREC crowns appropriate for everyone?
Most people can benefit from CEREC crowns. The crowns are durable and designed to withstand years of wear and tear. You may benefit from a crown if you want to conceal discolorations or hide small imperfections in a tooth, such as uneven surfaces, cracks or chips.
The crowns also strengthen teeth that have become weaker due to cracks, aging or dental procedures, and restore broken teeth. When a few teeth have grown shorter due to grinding or clenching, a crown is an ideal solution to restore length.
Repair or restore your smile with CEREC crowns. Call Woodland, CA, dentist Dr. James Zimmerman at (530) 661-1155 to schedule an appointment.
Dental crowns are a very common tooth restoration procedure, but many people may not know exactly what they are. If you have a broken or decaying tooth, your dentist may recommend a crown. Here are some frequently asked questions about dental crowns that you may want to consider before the procedure.
What is a Dental Crown?
A crown is a cap that has the look and feel of a natural tooth which is placed over the existing tooth to restore it to its natural size, shape, and strength.
What are Crowns Made From?
Crowns can be made in a variety of ways. Some are metal and have a gold or silver color to them. Some crowns are made entirely out of a ceramic material such as porcelain. These crowns most closely resemble the natural tooth. Some crowns use a mixture of metal and porcelain. Talk to your dentist about which type of crown is right for your restoration.
What is the Process?
After the tooth is numbed to provide comfort during the procedure, the existing tooth is trimmed into a specific shape to accommodate the crown. Then, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth in order to fabricate the crown. Once the crown is made, your dentist will cement or bond the crown to your existing tooth.
How Long Do Crowns Take?
The timeline for receiving your final crown will depend largely on whether your dentist sends the impressions to a laboratory, which can take weeks, or whether they have chairside restoration, meaning your crowns are made in office the same day. Dr. James P. Zimmerman of Woodland, CA offers CEREC chairside crowns, which eliminates the need for a temporary crown. If having your crown placed immediately is important to you, be sure to see a dentist who specializes in chairside restorations.
If you have decaying or broken teeth in need of restoration, talk to your dentist about dental crowns. Ask Dr. Zimmerman what type of crown material they use and how long your restoration will take. A well-made crown can help restore your bite, your smile, and your confidence.