A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that encases the entire tooth surface to improve its appearance, restoring it to its original shape, size and strength. A crown protects tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
At Marion Dental Associates, we’re proud to offer CEREC, absolutely the fastest way to receive crowns – completed in one visit to save you both time and money. CEREC is a state-of-the-art computer aided method of creating precisely-designed, color-matched and highly durable ceramic crowns right in our office. (Click here for more information on CEREC)
Reasons for crowns
- Broken, fractured or weak teeth.
- Cosmetic enhancement.
- Decayed teeth.
- Fractured fillings.
- Large fillings.
- Hold a dental bridge in place.
- Cover a dental implant.
- Tooth has a root canal
Four Simple Steps of CEREC
- Digital Impression. After examining the tooth and determining the course of treatment, we will prepare your tooth for restoration. First your prepared tooth is coated with a safe, tasteless powder. Your dentist will then use the CEREC state-of-the-art digital 3D camera to create an optical impression you can watch right on our computer screen. This replaces the physical impressions needed in traditional procedures, and the long waits while a tray of impression goop hardens in your mouth.
- Computer Aided Design (CAD). Sophisticated CAD software allows us to design every detail of your restoration with precision. The software allows us to customize the shape of the restoration to exactly fit your specific clinical needs.
- Mill. While you wait comfortably, exact design specifications are sent to our on-site milling machine to create your restoration. About 10 minutes later, your all-ceramic, color-matched filling, crown or veneer is ready for placement.
- Placement. Your new restoration is then fitted, polished and bonded for permanence. Your tooth is restored back to its natural form, function and beauty.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
On average, dental crowns last between five and 15 years. The life span depends on how well you follow good oral hygiene practices, and the amount of “wear and tear” the crown is exposed to. For example, you should avoid such habits as grinding or clenching your teeth, chewing ice, biting fingernails, and using your teeth to open packaging.
While a crowned tooth does not require any special care, remember that a crown does not protect the underlying tooth from decay or gum disease. You should follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day — especially around the crown area where the gum meets the tooth.