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By Ernest Fontaine, D.D.S.
December 04, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

A dental crown may be all you need to get your healthy smile back on track.dental  crowns

Has our Harrisburg, PA, dentist Dr. Ernest Fontaine recently told you that you need a dental crown? If so, you may have questions about this restoration and how it could improve your smile. We are here to answer your questions about this popular dental restoration.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown, sometimes referred to as a dental cap, is a hollow tooth-shaped restoration that is designed to fit over the entire crown of a tooth. This restoration sits above the gums and virtually becomes the new and improved outer layer for your tooth. In order for the dental crown to stay in place, it will be cemented into place on top of the tooth so that it stays put and functions just like a real tooth would.

When might I need a dental crown?

There are many scenarios in which our Harrisburg, PA, cosmetic dentist may recommend a dental crown. In most cases, this restoration is designed to restore strength and resilience back into a tooth that has become weak or damaged. If there has been extensive decay or if there is a fracture in the tooth that has affected the overall integrity of the crown of the tooth, we will need to remove the decay or buff out the damage and then place a crown to rebuild the tooth and restore its durability and appearance.

A dental crown may also be used to improve the overall color, shape, or size of a tooth. While there are many cosmetic options out there that don’t require as much tooth preparation as crowns, sometimes this restoration is a good option if the tooth requires both a cosmetic makeover and needs restrengthening.

Crowns can also be used to replace missing teeth, whether you are looking to cover a dental implant or you need to support a dental bridge. If you need to replace one or more permanent teeth dental crowns could also help you regain that full smile.

Are you dealing with a damaged tooth? Do you want to find out if dental crowns are the right approach to restoring your smile? Then it’s time you called our Harrisburg, PA, dental office today.

By Ernest Fontaine, D.D.S.
April 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Unfortunately, many people do not understand the importance of their dental health or how small dental problems could potentially turn cerecinto serious conditions affecting more than just your teeth. However, CEREC technology makes repairing your teeth with porcelain dental restorations easy with same-day dental restorations, saving you time, money and stress. Find out more about CEREC technology with Dr. Ernest Fontaine at his practice in Harrisburg, PA.

What is CEREC? 
CEREC is a revolutionary method of designing, creating and placing porcelain dental restorations like crowns and bridges in a single dental visit. Normally, the process for these restorations requires the help of a separate dental laboratory, which takes about two weeks to receive, design, create and return a finished dental restoration. CEREC’s system includes a specialized wand to take 3D impressions of the mouth, a CAD/CAM computer program for designing the restoration, and a machine which carves the actual restoration itself from a block of ceramic.

The Advantages of CEREC One Visit Restorations
CEREC’s system allows your dentist to skip the laboratory step of a dental restoration altogether. Not having to wait for the laboratory and shipping times that will save you an extra dental visit. Skipping the lab also saves you money found in laboratory fees and copays. CEREC uses only the highest quality materials, meaning that you can rest easy knowing that your dental restoration will last for many years to come.

CEREC One Visit Dental Restorations in Harrisburg, PA 
CEREC’s system is easy to use and allows your dentist to create your restoration in about an hour. First, your dentist uses CEREC’s system to take a 3D model of your mouth, eliminating the need for a physical impression. The model transfers to a computer program where your dentist can customize the restoration to fit perfectly into your smile. After finalizing the design, your dentist will send it to CEREC’s machine which will use lasers to cut and carve the restoration out of a block of ceramic. Finally, your dentist will put the finishing touches on your restoration, tweaking its design to fit your mouth seamlessly and color-matching it to the rest of your teeth.

For more information on CEREC, please contact Dr. Ernest Fontaine at his practice in Harrisburg, PA. Call (717) 564-1310 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Fontaine today!