A crown or commonly known as a ‘cap’ is protective covering for a tooth. Your dentist may recommend a crown if …
- A previous large filling covering at least 2/3 of a tooth’s surfaces is becoming defective
- A crack or fracture line is noted
- A cusp (the hill portion vs. the valley portion of the tooth) is undermined
- A root canal was completed in the tooth, depleting its natural nutrients
- A cavity is positioned deep under the gums
- A previous crown has become defective
- An implant was placed
A crown can be made of
- All Ceramic materials
- Ex.) Lithium Disilicate or Zirconia
- All Metal
- Ex.) Gold
- Porcelain fused to metal
How is a crown completed? ...
A crown is prepared by removing any decay, defective material, fracture lines or undermined portion of a tooth. The tooth then may require a ‘build up’ or a resin placement to sit under the ‘cap’ to rebuild shape. The tooth is then restructured to allow for the crown to sit in a natural biting position. An Impression is then taken conventionally or digitally and a custom fit ‘cap’ is made to be cemented.
What are the benefits of same day ceramics?
Same Day Ceramics include digitally made/custom fit
- Dental Crowns
- Inlay/Onlay (partial crowns)
What are the benefits of same day ceramics vs traditional lab made?
- One appointment per fabrication
- No temporaries that may fall out
- Digital impression- no molds/ ‘goop’
- Custom precision fit
- In house shade matching/ design control
How are same day ceramics made?
- The tooth/teeth are prepared for the shape of the desired ceramic type
- A scan with a wireless camera digitally captures the prepared tooth
- The patient is on a break (bring a book or laptop) while the ceramic is milled out of a ceramic block
- The ceramic is fired in the oven and then polished
- The ceramic is cemented in and completed within one appointment