What is a crown?
A dental crown, or “cap” as it is often called, is a restoration that completely encircles a natural tooth and is cemented into place. This is an extremely reliable technique for restoring the health and function of a severely damaged or broken tooth – whether by decay, trauma, or by an older, large, failing restoration.
How long is the dental crown process?
In most circumstances, we are able to make same day crowns for patients.
Our COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN/COMPUTER AIDED MILLING (CAD/CAM) software and hardware programs are available to fabricate crowns and much more– in-house. In most cases, we can fabricate your crown in the same appointment– while you wait!
We design your restoration with our Amann Girrbach Ceramill Mind design software then mill using our Amann Girrbach Ceramill Motion II milling machine. This duo is widely used in dental laboratories across the US and in over 90 countries worldwide. We are one of the few dental practices that have this laboratory based product in a clinical setting. The machine is the benchmark in terms of range of indications and materials.
In some circumstances, fitting a crown requires two visits to our office. For this procedure a temporary crown is worn until the permanent crown is made.
In as little as a few days, we will remove the temporary crown and then fit and adjust the final crown. Finally, we will cement the crown into place and you have a new, beautiful looking tooth.
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What are crowns made of?
For our crowns, we use a lithium disilicate material, a zirconium oxide or a hybrid ceramic with a dual-ceramic polymer network structure. All are tooth-colored, strong, and esthetic. We also make gold crowns per patient requests. Dr. Chad Colson and Dr. Jill Colson will discuss which material is better for you.
What is the function of a crown?
Where accidental damage has occurred, teeth have broken away through excessive wear, or as the result of old fillings breaking down–crowns can be used as a long-term solution to restore the function of a tooth. Crowns also protect teeth that have had root canal therapy.
What is “Cracked Tooth Syndrome”?
Hairline cracks in the chewing part of the tooth can cause a painful condition called Cracked Tooth Syndrome or CTS. CTS is diagnosed by a series of tests. Placing crowns on these teeth typically relieves the pain and allows a return of full dental function for these teeth. Occasionally, teeth with CTS will need root canal therapy.