CEREC® Dental Crown
Time it takes: 90 minutes or less
For damaged, worn-out teeth, or for a tooth that needs a large filling, a dental crown — a cap that goes over a tooth — may be the solution. Dental crowns are common and improve the appearance of teeth. With CEREC® technology, we now have the ability to create and place crowns in just one visit. No need for temporary crowns while we wait for the factory to mill your crown. You walk in for your appointment and walk out with a natural-looking restoration.
Reasons to Get a Dental Crown
Dental crowns are common. In fact, they’re as common as fillings or root canals and can be done for medical or cosmetic reasons. A crown brings back the function, shape, size and color of your tooth. And, with CEREC® technology, we can get your tooth restored in a single day.
Some reasons you may get a dental crown:
- Keep a large filling in place
- Attach a bridge
- Prevent a tooth from breaking
- Repair a broken tooth
- Improve the color and overall look of your teeth
Signs you Might Need a Dental Crown
If you’re feeling pain from a cracked tooth, an old cavity, a bridge or any other persistent dental pain, talk to us. We’ll be able to determine if a crown is the right solution or if there are other measures we can take to get you back to a pain-free mouth.
How is a CEREC Crown different from a traditional dental crown?
CEREC technology has completely changed the way dental crowns are done. That is, it’s made it a lot more convenient for you to get the highest quality restoration. In the past, it was common to need two appointments for a crown. The first appointment involved a thorough exam that included removing any decay or infection, then a reshaping of your tooth and the application of a temporary crown. At the next appointment, you’d be fitted for your crown, which would then be applied.
Now, all of that takes place in one visit. No need to wait and no need for a temporary crown. You come into the office and leave with a fully restored tooth
What are the different materials used for dental crowns?
Most of the time, crowns — including CEREC® crowns — are made from porcelain, but can be made from resin composites or other materials. If you’re a candidate for a crown, we’ll discuss the options with you and determine what works best. Things to consider:
- Tooth location and how much of it will show in your smile
- Position of your gum tissue
- Function of the tooth
- How much of the tooth is remaining
- Color of the surrounding teeth
What is the aftercare for a crown?
Taking care of your crown is important to help it last as long as possible. A typical crown lasts 5-15 years before needing to be replaced, so if you take care of it, you’ll get a lot closer to the 15 than the five. Taking care of your crown is very similar to taking care of your teeth in general.
- Brush carefully, twice a day
- Floss daily
- Avoid hard foods
What are common side effects or issues with a dental crown?
In almost all cases, a crown is an excellent solution to serious problems with your teeth. Still, if you experience any of the following, contact us to get it rectified:
- Teeth sensitivity: crowns are often sensitive to heat or cold, but adjusting the crown can help.
Chipped crown: we can repair small chips if they occur.
- Loose or missing crown: if there isn’t enough cement keeping it in place, a crown can come loose and potentially fall out. Tell us if it feels loose and we’ll lock it in place.
- Gum irritation: sore or bleeding gums around your crown could be signs of gum disease. Contact us and we’ll guide you through the process.
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