What is a Dental Crown

A crown (or “cap”) is a prosthetic restoration that restores a tooth to its former shape, size, and function.  It is recommended for a tooth with extensive decay, a large restoration, or a fracture, among other things.  A crown is designed to endure chewing and be as strong as natural teeth. It looks and functions just like a real tooth. 

A crown can be fabricated from gold, metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. 

When Dental Crowns are Used

Crowns are used to treat a number of dental conditions, including:

Essentially, a crown is used to support, or replace a tooth structure that no longer performs the desired function on its own. They are designed to endure chewing and are considered to be just as strong, if not stronger, as the surrounding natural teeth. Once the crown is properly positioned and installed by the dentist, it becomes a permanent extension of the tooth.

The Initial Visit

After anesthetic has been given to numb the tooth and surrounding area, the dentist will contour the tooth to remove portions of the enamel to provide space for the crown.  The dentist will then make a mold of the existing tooth; this mold will be sent to a lab.  You will have a temporary crown in place to protect exposed tooth structure. 

The Second Visit

The permanent crown will tried-in to ensure proper fit.  After any necessary changes are made, the crown will be permanently cemented in place.

Same Day Dental Crowns (CEREC)

CEREC crowns are made using CAD CAM technology allowing for fabrication of a dental crown in a single appointment. Using a specialized intra-oral camera, a fully digital model of your tooth is made thereby eliminating the need for impressions or molds. The images are uploaded to a computer where your crown will be custom designed for your tooth. Once you and your dentist are happy, the design will be sent to a machine that mills your crown.  The process is quick and easy and usually takes 2-3 hours.

For more information on same day dental crowns, please call the office and our helpful staff will answer any questions you may have.