Why Do I Need a Crown?

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

Cracked teeth - australian dental association. Teeth.org.au. (n.d.). https://www.teeth.org.au/cracked-teeth


Healthdirect Australia. (n.d.). Dental crown procedure. healthdirect. https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/dental-crown-procedure

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)
  • Bridges
  • Veneers

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