At CCIND, we are proud to offer the highest quality crowns to our patients. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that encases the entire surface of the tooth to restore it to its original shape, size, and appearance. In addition, a crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with other types of restorations such as fillings.
Crowns are commonly used to:
- Restore or hold together broken or fractured teeth or fillings
- Cosmetically enhance teeth by covering misshapen or discolored teeth
- Protect decayed teeth
- Support teeth with large fillings and minimal tooth structure
- Cover teeth with root canals
- Hold a dental bridge in place
There are various types of crowns, but the most popular type is a tooth-colored crown made out of porcelain. Porcelain crowns are custom made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth to give you a natural, healthy smile. In addition, the porcelain is very long-lasting and durable.
What does getting a crown involve?
On a case by case basis, crowns can either take one or two appointments. CCIND is proud to offer a new, state of the art CEREC machine, which will allow our patients to have crowns placed in only one office visit. However, depending on the case, some patients may be better fit for the traditional two visit crown placement.
Cerec One-Visit Crowns
Our office is able to create precise, color-matched and highly durable crowns right in our practice using the newest CEREC technology. By eliminating the need to send impressions to a dental laboratory, crowns can be placed in only one appointment. CEREC uses a state-of-the-art digital 3D camera to create an optical impression. The state-of-the-art Computer Aided Design software then customizes the shape of the restoration to exactly fityour specific clinical needs. Your exact design specifications are sent to the on-site milling machine to create your crown. About 10 minutes later, your all ceramic, color-matched restoration will be ready for placement. Your new crown is then fitted, polished and permanently bonded.
Our office also offers traditional two appointment crown placements. During the first appointment, several highly accurate molds or impressions will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory that will create your custom-made crown.The mold will also be used to create a temporary crown, which will be placed with temporary cement during this first appointment. In addition, your tooth will be examined and prepared for the crown. After your teeth are numb, the dentist will shape your teeth and remove any decay to prepare placement of the crown.A temporary crown will be used for about two weeks until the second appointment when your custom-made crown has arrived from the dental laboratory.
At the second appointment, the permanent crown will be placed. The temporary crown will be removed and the tooth will be cleaned. The new crown will be checked for accurate sizing, spacing, color, and bite. Finally, the permanent crown will be carefully placed on the tooth. Before leaving the office, you will receive care instructions and encouraged to make regular dental visits to check the crown.
Please contact our office today to make an appointment or ask any questions!