A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the 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, because they resemble your natural teeth. 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 or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile. We use CEREC crowns in our office for the following reasons: 1) Usually one appointment, 2) Biocompatible (the dental material closest to human enamel), 3) Natural looking(no gray edges), 4) Little or no sensitivity after placement, 5) Conserves tooth structure (removes decay and filling), 6) Precisely made with the aid of an computer(CAD-CAM), 7) Returns the tooth to it's original strength, 8) According to research, the longest lasting dental restoration.
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What does getting a crown involve?
A Cerec crown procedure usually requires only one appointment. 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 tooth will be scanned with a camera and the crown is virtually created on a computer. Then the dentist will have a precision milling machine fabricate the crown from a solid block of porcelain in 15 minutes or less. The crown will be adjusted to fit exactly and is permanently bonded to the tooth at this appointment. Occasionally, a second appointment may be needed for more complex cases.You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.