A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
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What does getting a crown involve?
We now have the capability to create beautiful ceramic crowns in one visit. A Cerec crown is created using computerized digital technology which eliminates the need for wearing a temporary crown and having a second visit to place the permanent crown.
After the tooth has been prepared, a precise 3D digital impression is done with a small intraoral camera. Using the CAD/CAM program, the doctors will design your new tooth while you watch. The Cerec crown is milled in-office from a single block of ceramic with diamond cutting burs and the finished restoration is bonded to place. These non-metal crowns are the most bio-compatible material available and have the same characteristics as normal healthy enamel.
If a Cerec crown is not an option then the crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.
At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.
You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.