James Rhea, DDS, & Michael Doherty, DDS,
Smile Transformation Specialist
Trusted and affordable dentistry
for the entire family.
If you have chipped or broken a tooth, had a root canal or have a cavity that is just too large to be filled, we may suggest a crown to cover your tooth. A crown is simply a cap or covering for your tooth to restore it to its original state. There are many different options for what kind of crown to receive, and we make recommendations based on your personal situation. The two most common types of crowns are either CEREC crowns, or traditional dental crowns. Here is what you should know about each:
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. The CEREC crown is made of a ceramic or resin material. One of the benefits of a CEREC crown is that our office can make this type of crown in just a single visit. This prevents you from having to wait for your new crown to be made offsite, then wear a temporary crown, and after that make another appointment to get your permanent crown installed. We use computer imaging technology to make your new tooth fit perfectly in your mouth. The color will also match your other teeth. The crown is made of a solid block of material, so that it is stronger than other types of crowns. You will be the only person that knows you have a CEREC crown.
There are several of materials that are used when making these crowns, including metal and porcelain fused to metal. Metal can be one of the strongest options when it comes to traditional crowns, but does not resemble a natural tooth. This makes it an unpopular option for front teeth. Porcelain fused to metal can give a more natural look, but porcelain can chip, and many times the metal can show through at the bottom of the tooth. Many people prefer the look of an all ceramic crown as it can be matched to the existing tooth color and looks the most natural, making it ideal for the front teeth.
At Brentwood Family Dentistry, we use a computer-aided design system to produce the crown with amazing accuracy.
First, we create a 3-dimensional (3D) digital impression of your mouth to measure the area where the crown will be placed. Our intraoral dental camera is used to take a highly accurate image of your teeth. Once that is finished, we create the CEREC crown right in our office. Then we paint and polish each tooth to match the other teeth. After this process is complete, we bond the crown in minutes. The entire appointment lasts only about two hours!
The CEREC crown looks and feels like a natural tooth, and if cared for properly can last 15 years or more.
ADVANTAGES OF BRENTWOOD FAMILY DENTISTRY
Dr. Rhea and Dr. Doherty have extensive experience creating CEREC crowns. With our high-tech laser equipment and expertise, you no longer have multiple appointments and fittings for temporary crowns. We treat you individually, according to your own unique situation. There is not one type of crown that is best for everyone. We will respect your time, work within your budget, and let you make the final decision. Your comfort and safety are our primary concern. We will make your teeth healthy, natural looking and beautiful again!
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What People are Saying
"Highly Recommend. Extremely friendly staff all around which makes going to the dentist a little better. Doctor Doherty is a great dentist and goes out of his way to make you feel comfortable. Excellent work and excellent prices."
"Always a great experience with Dr. Rhea! He is very thoughtful and always takes great care of me and my four children. Dr. Doherty is wonderful too. I’ve just had more experience with Dr. Rhea."
“High Quality Care”
"My experience at this dental office is always pleasant. The office staff and doctors are very friendly. They are always on time and do a great job caring for my teeth."
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"Courteous & Friendly"
"Dr. Rhea and all of the staff are very courteous and friendly. I have been going to Dr. Rhea for a few years now and have always been treated well, very professional."