Crowns

Even with the best oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist, at some point in your life you may need a crown, especially if a tooth has been damaged due to a fracture. Or, your teeth may be damaged due to decay. Or, perhaps existing dental work has simply started to wear out. Regardless of the cause, you’re in need of a crown.  A crown 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.

Reasons for crowns:

  • Broken or fractured teeth.
  • Cosmetic enhancement.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Fractured fillings.
  • Large fillings.
  • Tooth has a root canal.

What does getting a crown involve?

The dentist will use local anesthetic to numb the tooth to be crowned.  While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and, if needed, build up the tooth structure.  The tooth is then shaped to properly fit the crown.  Once these details are accomplished, a digital impression will be taken with a handheld scanner and your crown will be milled by our Cerec machine in office.

You will have about a 40 minute wait while the crown is milled.  The tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully cemented into place 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.

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