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Restorative Dentistry

Crowns & Bridges

Crowns and bridges can take one to three appointments to complete. We offer several different options depending on your individual need. A crown is a permanent covering that fits over your tooth that has decay, damage, or has cracked. Crowns can come in a variety of different materials, such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin, or a combination of these materials.

CEREC Crowns

We proudly utilize the CEREC technology for our one-visit restorations. A digital 3D camera creates a digital image of the prepared tooth. The computer-aided design (CAD) software enables us to design and create precise restorations that are specific to your dental needs. These highly durable restorations can also be color-matched for a more natural looking smile. This technology eliminates the need for messy impressions, a temporary crown, and in most cases, can be completed in one visit. This maximizes the use of your time, while providing you with an aesthetically pleasing restoration.

Lab-fabricated crowns

Once your tooth has been re-sculpted to remove the decay or damage, an impression is made of the tooth. This impression will be the template from which the laboratory will create a custom made restoration. A temporary crown is made from a composite resin that fits over the affected tooth until the permanent crown has returned from the laboratory. When the permanent crown has been returned (approximately two weeks later), the temporary is removed, and the permanent crown is placed and cemented onto the tooth.

Basic Care

Once these procedures are complete, proper dental hygiene is necessary to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth and gums. This includes daily brushing and flossing. Given proper care, your crown should last a lifetime.

"...his (Dr. Patellis) commitment to on-going professional development demonstrates how important it is to him to learn new developments in dentistry."
- Scott L.

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