Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and others. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be sufficient.
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. To maintain a natural look and feel a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.
When we have decided to go ahead with a full crown restoration, we will set aside 2-3 hours for the entire process utilizing E4D, our digital scanning process and milling machine.
The procedure begins with the removal of all decay in the tooth. Once we have removed the decay, we will take a scan of the tooth and bite registration. This scan will be used to design your new crown and sent to our mill where your new restoration will be crafted. This process takes approximately an hour and a half.
We will then proceed with the placement of your final restoration. This crown will be tried in to ensure proper fit and esthetics. The crown is then glazed and customized to match the surrounding teeth. We will make every effort to ensure that the new tooth feels exactly like one of your natural teeth. The final step in the process is to bond the crown over your remaining tooth, leaving you with a beautifully restored smile.