Dental Crowns

About Dental Crowns

Teeth that are worn, chipped, discolored, or otherwise damaged can present a number of problems. Often, people with less than satisfactory smiles feel self-conscious or embarrassed in social situations. In extreme cases, the affected person may even avoid socializing at all. Damaged teeth can also be week and prone to breakage.

You can think of a dental crown as a protective helmet for a damaged tooth. Crowns don’t just cover up the damage, they actually serve to restore the tooth to its previous condition, and to prevent further damage from occurring. In this way, they make the tooth much stronger and considerably more stable.


Dental crowns can be made from a variety of different materials, but most dentists prefer to use porcelain. This is because, of all the materials that are available, porcelain looks the most like natural tooth enamel.

At Loftus Dental, Dr. Jeff Loftus uses Cerec crowns, so you can have your crown manufactured and installed in just one visit.

The Procedure

Most dental practices require at least two visits when a crown is required. This is because impressions need to be taken of your teeth, and then those impressions are sent to a lab that will manufacture your crown. Dr. Loftus has been using the highly sophisticated Cerec system for the past fifteen years, so you can have your crown in just one visit.

Cerec combines a porcelain milling system with advanced CAD-CAM software. Dr. Loftus will numb your tooth using a local anesthetic, and then remove the decayed areas. With the Cerec system, your impressions are taken digitally – no more biting into trays of nasty, sticky pink stuff! Then the milling system creates your crown, and Dr. Loftus will bond it in place. You’ll be fitted with a perfect, permanent crown the same day – not sent home with a temporary one.

The Benefits

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Crowns can be incredibly durable. When properly cared for, they can last a long time – usually about fifteen years. They really don’t require any special care. If you treat them the way that you do your natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing, your crowns will serve you well. They’ll even protect your teeth from further decay. But, a word of caution – don’t grind your teeth. It’s every bit as bad for crowns as it is for natural teeth.

Unless you want to tell people that you’ve had crowns installed, no one needs to know. Crowns are indistinguishable from your natural teeth, thanks to advanced color-matching techniques. You should know that, although crowns will resist staining, they will not respond to whitening treatments. If you’re considering teeth whitening, be sure to have it done before your crowns are created in order to ensure a perfect color match.

Unlike bridgework and dentures, crowns won’t slip, slide, irritate your gums, or affect the way you speak. This is because they’re bonded securely to your natural teeth. You never have to remove them, so there’s also no danger of misplacing them.

Your Smile

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Obviously, there are many reasons to consider crowns. The biggest advantage, is in what they do for your smile. You no longer have to stifle laughter or suppress a smile out of embarrassment, and when you speak, you can move your mouth all you like. You no longer have to worry about people seeing your damaged teeth, and that quite simply means a better quality of life.

Contact Us

Let us help you restore your smile with Cerec dental crowns. Call us at Loftus Dental today at 605-341-4521 in Rapid City or 605-347-8880 in Sturgis to arrange an appointment.

Patient Testimonials

  • Loftus Dental met all my expectations! The staff are really friendly, courteous, understanding, attentive, patient and treat you like family (that's what I got used to at my ex-hometown). I am very impressed with customer service. I would recommend Loftus Dental to all my family and friends.

    Olya P.
  • Thank you Dr. Jeff, Gena and Emily for your caring and professional treatment. After two procedures in two days I even received a phone call from Dr. Jeff to check on me! After 32 years I have finally found a dentist and staff I am comfortable with and trust. Highly recommended!

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