Crowns are used in restorative dentistry to create manufactured “caps” that cover and mimic the appearance of your natural teeth. Crowns are permanent in that they are cemented in place and not removed for cleanings, like dentures or bridges.
They typically last about 20 years and are made from materials tough enough to withstand the biting and chewing forces your teeth routinely experience. They’re also shaped and colored to look as natural as possible.
Dr. Kimche may recommend a crown to cap and strengthen a tooth following a root canal, reshape a disfigured tooth, or as a cosmetically-appealing replacement for missing teeth.
Traditional crowns require your dentist to create a mold of your affected tooth in his office, using a putty-like material that’s then dried and sent to a dental lab. The lab uses the mold to create a crown and returns it to your dentist when it’s ready to be placed over your tooth. Once your dentist receives your permanent crown, you’ll return to your dentist’s office to have the crown permanently cemented into place.
This process can take several weeks, or longer, to complete and may require several office visits for additional fittings and reshaping. If you’ve had a root canal or experienced a crack or other injury to your natural tooth, you’ll also need to wear a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready. Dentists often recommend diet restrictions while you’re wearing a temporary crown since certain foods can cause it to slip off or break.
At Mountain Dentistry, Dr. Kimche offers only same-day crowns produced by the CEREC system for your convenience and to obtain an excellent fit. Rather than using a messy impression to take a mold of your tooth, he first uses a tiny camera to take 3D images of the affected tooth. Those images are transferred to a computer, which uses a special software program to build a template for your crown that’s then shaped out of tough but beautiful tooth-colored material and cemented permanently in place.
This method eliminates the need for a temporary crown, and the precision of the CEREC technique gives you a crown with a stellar fit that’s difficult to distinguish from your natural teeth. And it’s all accomplished in just one visit.
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