Crowns (Cerec or 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 or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
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What does getting a crown involve?
A traditional crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which may stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory. If a change needs to be made the crown will have to be sent back and the patient will have to wait till it returns.
A Cerec crown procedure takes one visit and doesn't require impressions. The tooth or jaw is scanned to create a virtual model. Then the crown and or bridge is printed out in a material similar to the natural tooth. If a change needs to be made, it can be done at the same visit. This office has a special oven to modify the color of the crowns as well.
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.