Our goal is to provide dentistry that is undetectable. We replace existing crowns and fillings with restorations that look and feel like your natural teeth. Many people have unexplained pain from filled back teeth, which is usually due to hairline cracks in the chewing part of the tooth. Placing crowns on these teeth relieves the pain and allows a return of full dental function for these teeth. In front teeth, older fillings can both weaken the teeth and cause “appearance” problems due to staining or chipping.
Crowns are typically required for teeth that have previous large fillings or crowns with recurring decay or teeth that have extensive decay or fractures. Our crowns are usually fabricated out of a tooth colored material. The material used may vary depending on whether it is a back tooth used for chewing or a tooth in the “smile zone”. Most of the crowns we do are bonded with a material that adheres the crown to the tooth for increased strength. Crowns on back teeth will be designed to ideal fit and function while those on the front teeth may be designed to correct broken, misshapen or turned teeth.
How long does it take to fit a dental crown?
Fitting a crown requires at least two visits to our office. Initially, we will remove decay and fractures, shape the tooth, and fit it with a temporary crown.
On the subsequent visit we will remove the temporary crown, and then fit and adjust the final crown. Finally, we will bond the crown into place and you will have a new beautiful looking tooth restored to function.
Soon we will have the ability to do one appointment crowns in many instances with the in office CEREC milling system. This not only will make crowns in one appointment but also requires no impressions or temporaries.