When your tooth has undergone many replacement fillings, cracks or fractures, trauma or RCT, typically a crown is recommended. Preparing your tooth for a crown is a process that involves removing the cracks/decay by prepping the enamel of the tooth. An impression is then taken and sent to the dental lab for fabrication of a permanent porcelain or gold crown to cement to the remaining tooth structure. Upon careful case selection, you may be eligible for a single visit crown procedure; please see our CEREC services page for more information.
What is a Crown?
A crown is a”cap” that protects and seals a damaged or decayed tooth to then strengthen and restore it to its original size and shape. In order to place a crown, our dentists will prepare your tooth so that the crown fits and forms a tight seal. After the crown has been fabricated, it will fit onto your prepared tooth seamlessly. A crown can be made out of metal or gold, or it can be entirely made out of porcelain for a more natural look.
Porcelain Crown Procedure
Porcelain Crowns are strong and durable. They also have the life like appearance that match your natural teeth. Our crowns are precision crafted in a lab (or in house depending on your current situation). At your first visit, we’ll choose a shade that matches your natural teeth. We’ll then remove decay and shape the tooth with a hand piece. Next, we place a small string between the tooth and gum tissue to get an accurate impression (or scan) of your prepped tooth to create a crown that precisely fits next to your adjacent tooth and bite. At the next visit, we remove the temporary crown and replace it with the new porcelain crown. If a lab fabricates your crown, you will require a follow up appointment to seat your permanent crown.