Dental crowns are among the most versatile treatments in all of dentistry. They can be used to conceal aesthetically flawed or misshapen teeth, strengthen weakened or cracked teeth, or replace missing teeth when attached to dental implants. While dental crowns have been used in various forms to repair damaged teeth for hundreds of years, the modern dental crowns at the Brooklyn and Staten Island, NY offices of Dr. Alex Parshin represent the highest point of intersection between restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. Our crowns are crafted from the finest-quality ceramics to complement surrounding natural teeth in terms of size, shape, color, and even texture. Once a customized dental crown has been placed on top of a natural tooth, it is virtually indistinguishable from adjacent teeth, even upon close inspection.
In addition to the cosmetic and oral health benefits that modern dental crowns have to offer, patients of Parshin Dental enjoy the further advantage of our in-office CEREC® CAD/CAM system. The CEREC® grinding and milling system combines 3D technology with sophisticated computer software to create customized dental crowns from a solid block of ceramic material while patients wait. Whereas dental crowns of the past required patients to make two or three trips to the dentist, separated potentially by weeks, Dr. Parshin is able to provide his patients with durable, natural-looking crowns of the highest quality in a single visit.
While convenience and speed may be two of the greatest selling points of the CEREC® system, they are far from the only benefits this grinding and milling technology has to offer. The CEREC® software allows Dr. Parshin to use a camera to scan the mouth, which in turn creates perfect digital impressions that are transferred to the CEREC® computer where crowns are designed. These digital impressions take the place of the messy putty impressions that once had to be sent to an outside laboratory, where they could spend up to two weeks while patients waited for a response. Instead patients can actually see a preview of their dental crowns before they are created and have some input into their creation.
Ultimately, the CEREC® system eliminates the need for an outside dental laboratory altogether, along with the temporary crowns which patients once had to wear while their permanent restorations were being crafted. Patients leave Parshin Dental with their newly restored smile perfectly intact, their exquisitely crafted dental crown in place, where it will remain for years to come. All of the dental crowns provided to patients by Parshin Dental are crafted in-house using this state-of-the-art technology.
Would you like to learn whether you are a candidate for CEREC® same-day dental crowns? Simply contact Parshin Dental to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Alex Parshin today.
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are restorations that are custom-crafted to conceal the entire visible surface area of a tooth, from the gum line up. While dental crowns of the past were made of gold or metal alloys that made them stand out conspicuously in a patient’s mouth, modern dental crowns are composed of porcelain and other ceramic materials that closely resemble the anatomical structures of natural teeth. Dr. Parshin designs dental crowns so that they blend seamlessly into a patient’s mouth, perfectly complementing the natural teeth surrounding them.
What purposes do dental crowns serve?
Whether used primarily for aesthetic or restorative purposes, dental crowns offer cosmetic, oral health, and functional benefits. Dental crowns can be used to:
- Conceal aesthetic flaws: Much like porcelain veneers when bonded to the front teeth, dental crowns can be used to conceal aesthetic flaws in teeth such as discoloration, chips, cracks, and flaws in shape or size.
- Strengthen teeth that are weak or fractured: If a tooth has become weakened or fractured, a dental crown can be used to restore its strength and structural integrity. This can help to reduce or eliminate any pain that the patient is experiencing and potentially forestall or prevent the need for root canal therapy.
- Preserve and reconstruct the tooth after root canal therapy: When a patient has a root canal infection, Dr. Parshin must remove the dental pulp from and subsequently disinfect and fill the canal. After this procedure, he seals off the tooth and covers it with a dental crown, which both restores the structure of the tooth and protects it from further damage.
- Support a fixed bridge in the replacement of missing teeth: A fixed bridge, a dental appliance comprising between one and three replacement teeth called pontics, is held in place by dental crowns. These crowns are attached to the natural teeth adjacent to the gap once occupied by the now-missing teeth.
- Restore dental implants: Simply stated, implant-supported dental crowns are the premier method of replacing individual missing teeth. Dental crowns are attached to the tiny titanium posts beneath the gum line via abutments. Because dental implants fuse together with the jaw bone, the dental implants essentially become part of the patient’s natural anatomy, providing unrivalled security and stability for dental crowns.
Do CEREC® same-day dental crowns match the quality of lab-created crowns?
Once the grinding and milling process begins, the computer software guides the CEREC® machine to ensure absolute precision. Only the finest ceramic materials are used in our dental crowns; no dental laboratory in the nation surpasses Parshin Dental in terms of the quality of the materials we use in any of our restorations. In terms of the aesthetics of the crowns, that’s where the eye of the individual dentist comes into play. Once Dr. Parshin has provided the digital impressions of a patient’s mouth, the CEREC® software will present him with a virtual model of the case at hand. He then must construct the crown that will be milled from the solid block of ceramic matched to the patient’s surrounding natural teeth. The quality of the resulting crown depends entirely on Dr. Parshin’s eye for aesthetics and understanding of the anatomy of the mouth and the face.
Fortunately, these are areas of knowledge in which Dr. Parshin is truly distinguished. After a single session, patients emerge with dental crowns that look stunningly natural and could potentially last for a decade or longer with proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
Learn More about Custom-Crafted, Single-Visit Dental Crowns
If you would like to learn more about the durable, natural-looking CEREC® dental crowns available at our Brooklyn and Staten Island cosmetic dentistry offices, please contact Parshin Dental today. We are always happy to welcome new patients into our practice.