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When the health of a tooth is compromised due to extensive decay, a large existing filling that has begun to develop decay around it, or a deep crack, it may be in danger of needing extraction. In most cases, that’s the treatment of last resort (except for wisdom teeth). At Dean Cosmetic Dentistry, we’ll usually “crown” the tooth by placing a dental prosthesis on the tooth called a porcelain crown.

A porcelain crown provides strength and support that the natural tooth no longer has, improving the function while saving the underlying tooth. Because we like to stay at the forefront of dental technology, and because we know our patients’ time is valuable, we create and place crowns in just a single visit with our CEREC 3D design and milling system.


What is a Dental Crown?

Cap is a term formerly used for a dental crown; these were usually made of gold. The term aptly describes what a crown is — a prosthesis that fits completely over the top of a tooth, covering it all the way down to the gum line. Kind of like a cap…or a crown.

Porcelain crowns are milled to match the original shape of the natural tooth before it was prepared for the crown. The color is precisely matched to the adjacent teeth.

So that the tooth winds up being the same size with the crown on it, the underlying damaged tooth needs to be shaved down on all sides and the top. This creates room for the crown. Once a tooth has a crown, you can use it normally, without worrying about its strength.


Why would you need a dental crown?

The goal of a crown is to return strength to a tooth, restoring its function. You may need a crown if you have:

  • Broken or fractured teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Teeth with large fillings
  • Teeth with fractured fillings
  • Severely worn teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Severely stained teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Teeth that have had a root canal
  • The teeth on both sides of a bridge

To determine if you would need a same day dental crown  you will need to have a consultation with either Dr. Donnie Dean in our West Knoxville Office.


What is CEREC?

CEREC One-Visit Dentistry

CEREC is an acronym that stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. CEREC is a 3D system for creating dental prostheses such as crowns, inlays/onlays, and veneers in our rather than having them created by a separate dental lab.

The CEREC system features advanced 3D imaging and design software that allows Dr. Dean to design your new tooth right on the screen in our offices in three dimensions. Once designed, the information is sent to the CEREC milling system, which then mills the crown, veneers, or inlay/onlay in our offices from a block of dental porcelain, usually in just 30 minutes or so. We can then immediately place the new dental crown.

We know you have questions- we are here – 865-539-1119  Dean Cosmetic Dentistry is Home of #Cerec  One Appointment Dental Crowns -Dr. Donnie Dean is a Cerec Mentor and Trainer – teaching other dentist this incredible technology – Cerec Dental Crowns…. For an advanced dental restorative system that allows your dentist to restore decayed teeth, place crowns, remove defective amalgam fillings, or place cosmetic veneers in just one appointment. This allows you to have the highest quality, most life like dental restorations in just one visit to the dentist.  Want the latest technology?  We have it @ Dean Cosmetic Dentistry – #knoxvilledentist www.deancosmeticdentistry.com  865-539-1119 #onevisitcrowns #knoxvillesmiles

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