A crown (or cap) 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 crowns) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. 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.
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What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure may require two appointments depending upon the type of crown. In-house or CEREC crowns are usually completed in one visit while lab created crowns generally require two visits.
LAB CREATED- Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory. While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.
At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.
CEREC: While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. An optical impression is taken using CEREC; your crown is fabricated then carefully and precisely bonded into place. A few adjustments may be necessary to ensure proper fit and comfortable bite.
You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.
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