Dental crowns through the ages
If a tooth is severely decayed or damaged to the extent that it has broken, chances are that you will need dental crowns. The use of crowns to repair teeth is hardly something new. In times of antiquity, before there was an understanding of oral diseases and dental hygiene, it was assumed that tooth decay was an unavoidable fact of life.
Archaeologists have documented that the Etruscans and the Egyptians invented crude forms of dental crowns out of ivory, bones, and eventually gold and other metals. Since that time, cheaper metals such as silver, iron, and even lead were used to make crowns. The important point is that it was understood that it was important to save as much of the tooth as possible and only replace or cap the crown part of the tooth. In the 1700s, porcelain became the material of choice because of its luster and close match to natural teeth.
In the early 20th century, dental crowns began to take on the familiar design we recognize today as dentists discovered the technique of making wax impressions to manufacture crowns. A wax mold was used to give porcelain or gold crowns their shape. This made it possible for dentists to craft precisely made dental crowns for their patients. In the 1960s, the porcelain crowns that are fused to metal became the standard that we have depended on for decades. These improved crowns are durable and, for the most part, natural looking. Unfortunately, the metal edge creates a visible black line at the edge of the crown that is sometimes unsightly and leaves an unnatural smile.
Cosmetic dentists offer new technology
Fortunately, there are cosmetic dentists that are certified in the latest technology for dental crowns. These particular dental practitioners can craft custom made and beautiful crowns in a single visit. In the past, placing porcelain crowns, porcelain dental veneers, and fillings required at least two visits: one to take impressions and place temporary teeth and another where the permanent restoration would be placed. However, select cosmetic dentists offer technology that allows the dentist to craft custom made ceramic crowns right in his or her office.
CEREC® technology in Charlotte, NC
Thanks to CEREC® technology, residents of Charlotte, NC can receive custom fit, high quality ceramic crowns. The Ballantyne Center for Dentistry is one of the few cosmetic dentistry practices in the Carolinas that can custom craft and fit all-ceramic restorations in one visit. CEREC® is a computer-guided system that enables the Ballantyne dentists to create dental crowns and other ceramic restorations right in their office. Call their office today for a free consultation on dental crowns, and to learn more about CEREC® technology.