Crowns (Caps)

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 crown) are the most popular.  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 of your teeth, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.

Reasons for crowns:

  • Broken or fractured teeth.
  • Cosmetic enhancement.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Fractured fillings.
  • Large fillings.
  • Tooth has a root canal.

What does getting a crown involve?

A crown procedure can take one or two appointments.  Here at Dental Wellness we offer same day crowns as well as the traditional 2 visit crowns.  Your dental provider will discuss and decide with you the best treatment option for your case.

If the dentist deems that your case can be completed in one visit, the tooth being treated will be shaped and scanned by the dentist.  The scan will then be sent to our in house crown design and milling machine.  Here, with the help of A.I., the dentist will design your crown to best fit your dentition.  Then your crown will be placed and checked by the dentist to ensure proper function and fit.  The entire 1 visit crown procedure normally takes 90 minutes to 2 hours and there's no need for a temporary crown!

There are cases and situations when a 2 visit crown is warranted. Such examples are larger cavity excavation and/or inflammed gingiva (gums).  In this case the dentist may want the tooth situation to alleviate before placing a same-day crown. If the two visit crown is recommended, your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) and/or a digital scan 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 one to two weeks until your new crown is fabricated.

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.  

You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.

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