Explore Our Dental Services in Archdale, NC
From routine cleanings and fillings to smile makeovers, our doctors are equipped to handle all your dental needs. To help you understand your options, we’ve included descriptions of some of our leading services on this page.
- Veneers & Cerec Veneers
- Crowns and Bridges
- Teeth Whitening
- Invisalign Clear Braces
- Cosmetic Services
- Cosmetic Contouring
- Cosmetic Fillings
- Root Canal Therapy
- Scaling and Root Planing
- Flap Surgery
- Dentures and Partials
- Occlusal Guards
- Oral Cancer Screening
Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth. They are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth. Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve a cosmetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
Procedure: A tooth must usually be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. A cast is made of the existing tooth and an impression is made. The impression is sent to a special lab, which manufactures a custom-designed crown. In some cases, a temporary crown is applied until the permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are cemented in place.
In just two or three dental visits, a veneer can reverse years of stains caused by foods, caffeine and tobacco use. Special thin laminates, called veneers, can also be used to correct discolored, worn down, cracked and chipped teeth. Veneers can also be used to close unsightly gaps between teeth. Stronger types of veneers made of porcelain, also called composite veneers, typically last longer because they are bonded to the tooth.
An impression of the tooth must be made and a veneer molded by a lab technician. Because veneers require a small amount of enamel to be removed, they are permanent and non-reversible.
The process involves buffing the tooth, removing an extremely thin layer of the tooth to allow for the thickness of the veneer, an impression of the tooth, and final bonding of the veneer to the tooth with special cement. A special light is used to complete the process.
In addition to standard crowns and veneers, we also offer CEREC Crowns & Veneers.