Crowns can play a significant role in comprehensive dental care. Dental crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetics that are used to replace decayed or compromised tooth structures by cementing them into place.
A full-coverage crown allows you to cover a damaged tooth and still retain full function. The placement of a crown usually spans over two appointments about two weeks apart. During your first appointment, the tooth is prepared by removing the decayed or compromised tooth structure. It is also reshaped for the crown. An impression is taken and sent off to the lab for manufacturing, while a temporary crown is cemented in place during the interim. The patient returns in two weeks; the temporary crown is removed, and the final crown is cemented into place and adjusted for a tight and natural fit.
Your dentist may recommend a crown to:
- Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discolored or poorly-shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
What materials are used?
The doctor may elect to use any one of a variety of materials based on a number of factors, which include location in the mouth, esthetics, and durability. Monolithic (made of only one material) crowns have become the new standard in quality crowns that can be made of zirconia, porcelain, or gold. Bridges may have a metal framework included for long-term stability.
What are temporaries?
Temporaries, or temporary crowns, are placed on the prepared teeth for two weeks while the laboratory is manufacturing the final crowns. These temporary crowns provide some stability and protection in the mouth against teeth movement and sensitivity. Patients are asked to be selective about what they chew while in temporaries. Should a temporary come off, temporary cement can be purchased at your local drug store.
What is a digital scanner?
When you have a crown made in our office, we will likely use our iTero digital scanner to get a digital image of your teeth. This image will be sent directly to our lab who will make your custom crown. This process increases the accuracy and speed of the crown fabrication process.