Just like a king or queen is topped off with a symbol of strength and solidarity, your teeth can also be capped with something that has the same sort of staying power. Crowns fit over the tooth to protect it when the structure has been compromised due to decay, chipping, breaking, or from a root canal. Crowns also give your teeth a cosmetic touch up when your teeth are too small or have blemishes that need some beautification. Here is more to know about crowns, why they may be needed, what the placement process is like, and some details about CEREC, the one-visit crown placement procedure.
Reasons Patients May Need a Crown
Crowns are a great way to restore a damaged tooth by covering over the top portion of the tooth so it’s well protected during biting and chewing. It’s a permanent fixture that will last a long time. Park Dental’s crowns are crafted from porcelain, look natural, and feel comfortable. Patients may require a crown for any of the following reasons:
- Chipped tooth
- Cracked tooth
- Broken tooth
- Fractured tooth
- Cosmetic improvement
- After a root canal
- Protect large fillings
- Enhance a too-small tooth
- Rebuild a worn down tooth
The crown provides a beautiful outer tooth-like shell that appears natural and supports the tooth’s structure.
How the Procedure Will Go
The process takes two steps, so you will need to come in for two separate visits to the office. During the first visit, we’ll take an impression of your tooth and it will be sent to a dental lab to be made. Until it’s ready for permanent placement, you’ll wear a temporary crown over your tooth. When the permanent crown is back from the lab, you’ll come back to the office for it to be cemented in place. This crown is highly durable and will feel just like your natural tooth once it is adjusted to fit your bite. It will look natural and match your other teeth nicely.
The One-Day Option
At Park Dental, we also offer a faster crown solution known as CEREC – Chairside Economic Restorations of Esthetic Ceramics. This innovative process allows you to go home the very same day with a restorative crown. By taking a series of high-definition digital images of your teeth, measurements can be obtained and transferred to a milling machine right here in the office. The crown will be created on-site, within a few hours. We can place the crown over the affected tooth and you’ll go home with the permanent crown in place.
Caring for Your Crown
Your crown can be cared for just like a natural tooth. Brush and floss regularly and keep up with regular dental examinations. Eat as you normally would, as the crown is very strong and durable.