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?
Crowns done in our office are fabricated utilizing Cerec technology. These highly aesthetic, durable crowns have several distinct advantages. They are fabricated in one visit instead of two - therefore there is no need for an impression or a temporary crown. Because there is no second visit, there is also no need to be numb again.
What does an appointment look like to get a one visit Cerec crown?
Color images of the teeth are taken using a special camera. Removal of old fillings and decay is completed, followed by the placement of a bonded build-up as needed. A scan of the prepared tooth is then obtained.
Your new crown is custom designed using the the Cerec software, then milled form a ceramic block. At this point we try-in the crown over the prepared tooth. Margins, contacts with adjacent teeth, and the bite are evaluated. Because of the accuracy of the system adjustments are very seldom necessary.
After polishing a glaze is applied to the crown and it is fired in a computer controlled porcelain oven. The tooth is then isolated and the crown is cemented in place. Home care of brushing and flossing, along with regular hygiene appointments in our office, will help you enjoy your new crown for years to come.