Dental Crowns (Ceramic / Porcelain / Same Day CEREC)
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are durable restorations that are used to cover compromised or damaged teeth. Whether a tooth has cracked, broken or has a large area of decay in it, crowns are specifically designed to improve the look and feel of an otherwise compromised tooth. Crowns can be made of porcelain or ceramic, and we even offer CEREC same-day crowns to prevent the need for a second visit. Crowns can last for many decades before replacement is necessary.
Why might a Dental Crown be needed?
There are several reasons for needing a new dental crown. You might have cracked, fractured or broken one of your teeth. A tooth might have a severely large area of decay or too much filling material in it to be saved. Teeth that have recently been root canaled will benefit from having a crown placed over them. Crowns offer both restorative as well as cosmetic benefits to patients of all ages.
Who is a good candidate for a Dental Crown?
To determine if a crown is necessary, we’ll examine your teeth for breaks, cracks, root canaled teeth or areas of decay and large fillings. If we feel you’d benefit from a crown, it’s a good idea to consider coming in for treatment as soon as possible. This helps to prevent the tooth from being further damaged. Older crowns can and should be replaced as they show signs of cracking, wear or other types of damage.
What happens during the Dental Crown procedure?
The first step involves administering a localized anesthetic to numb one side of the mouth. We file down the damaged tooth to make enough room for the new crown. For ceramic and porcelain crowns, we’ll take impressions and have a permanent restoration made. You will then come in for a second visit to have the actual permanent crown placed. For our same-day CEREC crowns, we’ll take digital impressions and make the crown for you while you wait in the office. This prevents the need for a second visit just to place the permanent crown.
If you would like to come into our office to learn more about dental crowns, call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly staff members.