What’s the process of getting a crown?
Before CEREC technology came around, getting a crown took 2-3 appointments and required a notoriously uncomfortable temporary crown. Thanks to new techniques and technology, getting your crown is easier than ever.
CEREC crowns offer the following advantages:
- Highly accurate and comfortable digital 3D scan.
- We can preserve more of your natural tooth structure.
- Start to finish in one visit.
Examining and preparing the tooth
During the appointment, we will examine your tooth. If the tooth is affected by decay, we will remove the damaged areas and clean it. If your tooth has stress fractures, a crown will help protect the tooth from breaking along the fracture. Then we will shape your natural tooth so the crown fits comfortably overtop.
Shaping the Crown
Once your tooth has been prepared, we’ll use a 3D scanner to take a highly accurate digital scan of your tooth. We no longer require impressions or the use of trays. This 3D scan is used to create a digital model of your new crown. Your porcelain crown is made while you wait with our in-house CEREC machine.
Placing the Crown
Your new crown will be bonded in place right away. No second appointment or temporary crown is needed. Your dentist will make a few final adjustments and ask how it feels to make sure it’s a perfect fit. After a final polish, your new crown is ready to go!
Frequently Asked Questions
If the tooth needs to be shaped or prepared in advance, you might experience some discomfort. Your comfort is a priority for us. If you’re nervous about any dental procedure, please let us know.
With proper care and maintenance, a crown can last 10 years or more.
A dental crown is maintained just like a natural tooth. Regular brushing and flossing keep your dental crown, and the supporting gum around it, healthy and clean. Regular cleanings and checkups at your dentist are essential to your oral health.
You must speak with your insurance provider to find out if they will cover your crown. After your initial consultation, we can provide you with a quote to take to your insurance provider.
For dental crowns which cap an existing tooth, a post may be needed if there isn’t enough healthy tooth left over to hold a crown. The post is cemented into a prepared root canal and acts as a sturdy, reinforced base and core of your dental crown.