What is a crown?
A dental crown restores a tooth’s shape, size, and strength. The crown covers the visible portion of your tooth or dental implant. With proper care and good oral hygiene, the life of a crown can range from 5 to 15 years. Crowns come in a variety of materials including porcelain/ceramic, full metal, and porcelain fused to metal. If a natural tooth-colored porcelain crown is chosen, our CEREC ®CAD/CAM treatment provides a complete permanent crown in just one office visit. Other types of crowns require two office visits.
Why would I need a dental crown?
A crown may be prescribed by your Dr. Freeman to:
- Protect and restore a worn, decayed, cracked, or broken tooth
- Protect and support a tooth after a very large filling or root canal treatment
- Cover a dental implant
- Hold a dental bridge or other prosthetic devices in place
- Improve your smile by covering a misshapen or severely discolored tooth
What kinds of crowns are available?
Dr. Freeman will recommend the best type of crown for your dental restoration needs based on the chewing placement and structure of the tooth or implant that requires protection.
- Porcelain is attractive, strong, stable, and highly resistant to wear. It offers a high level
- Metal offers strength and endurance. A metal crown may be recommended for the back of biocompatibility because it does not contain metal. A porcelain crown provides the best natural color match to the rest of your teeth and is an excellent choice for front teeth. The aesthetic quality of a porcelain crown requires that the Dentist is highly skilled in the use of CEREC ® CAD/CAM technology. Teeth where the forces of biting and chewing are the greatest. A metal crown rarely chips or breaks. In addition, it requires minimal removal of tooth structure. The rest of your teeth and the strength of a metal substructure.
- Porcelain-fused- to-metal offers the benefits of a natural surface color that resemble.
What happens during crown installation?
- After a thorough exam of your teeth, gums and supporting bone structure, Dr. Freeman will apply a local anesthetic to prepare your tooth or dental implant. If you have opted for the CEREC® option, in just one office visit, you will have a fully completed porcelain crown. Since your crown is designed and created in our office using CEREC ® CAD/CAM technology, there’s no need for a temporary crown or a second visit.
- For other crown options, two visits will be necessary. During the first visit, your tooth will be prepared for the crown, and a putty-like material is used to make impressions of your prepared teeth. Your crown will be fabricated for a precise fit based on this impression. Then you will be fitted with a temporary crown to protect your gum and tooth or dental implant. During a second office visit, your Dentist will fit and permanently bond your crown. During a second office visit, your Dentist will fit your permanent crown and bond it to your tooth or dental implant.