Dental crowns, otherwise known as caps, is a type of dental restoration that encircles, or caps, the underlying tooth. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s shape and appearance when the tooth has been severely compromised, for example, following a root canal, a deep cavity or a deep crack in the tooth.
Dental crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants or even replace an existing filling that is in jeopardy of becoming loose or breaking. Dental crowns can also serve an esthetic use when they are applied to a discolored or stained tooth in order to cover up the underlying unaesthetic appearance.
WHAT’S THE PROCEDURE FOR DENTAL CROWNS?
During the first visit, the tooth must usually be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. An impression or mold is taken of the reduced tooth and then sent to a lab whom then makes the custom designed crown. Once the crown is ready, it is cemented in place at a second visit. Typically, a temporary crown is worn in between the two visits.
Alternatively, a same day crown can be fabricated using our CEREC device. In this situation, the crown is made in only a few minutes and then cemented into place at the same initial visit!