Dental Crowns

Crowns are a type of dental restoration where a tooth or implant is completely covered by a cap. In effect, the crown acts as the tooth's new outer surface. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. Crowns can be made from many materials, which are usually fabricated using indirect methods. Crowns are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth.

There are at least two methods for creating crowns that you may receive through our practice.

Porcelain Crowns

This type of crown will usually require two visits to your dentist. In the first visit, your dentist reshapes your tooth (possibly through removing some of it) and takes impressions to create the crown. After the dentist reshapes your tooth, he will use a special material to create an impression of it. The impression is sent to a facility that will make a permanent cover out of porcelain. You will head home with a temporary cover for your tooth.

When you return, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and fit the new porcelain one. Before cementing the permanent crown in place, your dentist will ensure that it fits comfortably and matches the color of your teeth.

CEREC One Day Crowns

New procedures make it possible to provide crowns in a single day. CEREC is a special procedure that provides:

  • Single visit convenience, so no need for temporaries
  • No uncomfortable impression trays
  • Beautiful color-matched ceramic
  • Enamel-like materials for a natural look and feel
  • Clinically proven results in millions of restorations worldwide

To learn more about these procedures, visit this www.webmd.com.