What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a cap made to look like a natural tooth and is used to cover damaged tooth. Once it is set in place, the shape and size of the damaged tooth are restored. You no longer need to hide weird shaped or worn down tooth.
Who Could Benefit from a Dental Crown?
Your dentist may suggest getting a dental crown if you have weak or cracked tooth in need of repair.
Dental crowns can also be used along with dental fillings in case there isn’t enough tooth left. Crowns are also used to secure bridges and lighten discolored teeth.
Getting dental crowns is also possible if you wish to make cosmetic modifications to your teeth.
Types Of Crowns
Getting the traditional type of crown usually requires two dental visits.
The first phase involves taking impressions of your teeth. This is necessary for mold creation. Your dentist will also provide you a temporary crown while the actual one is being manufactured in the dental laboratory.
Once your dental crown is ready, your dentist will invite you for another appointment. Before the crown is placed, the area receiving the crown is cleaned first. The temporary crown will as well be removed.
Once the actual dental crown is placed, your dentist does final checking to ensure bite and spacing precision. Take note of care instructions provided by your dentist so you can extend lifespan of your dental crowns.
CEREC CAD/CAM Crowns
At Rundle Dental, we can also make your crown right in our office using a digital scanner and computerized milling system called CEREC.
This digital scanner allow us to scan with extreme precision. It creates a 3D model of the area in your mouth where the crown will be placed. This enables our dentist to digitally create a new crown that fits the tooth base perfectly.
Once we’re happy with the fitting, the system sends a signal to a 3D milling machine. The machine then starts milling your new crown out of a solid piece of ceramic colour matched to your surrounding teeth. It only takes around 10-15 minutes to produce the new crown.
When both you and your dentist are satisfied with the fit of the new crown, it is hardened in a special oven. Once this process is complete, your new crown can now be glued permanently in place.
Rundle Dental is excited to offer our patients this alternative to the traditional crown preparation process.