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Same Appointment Porcelain Crowns (Caps)

A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size.  A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.

Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth.  They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced.  Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.

Reasons for crowns:

  • Broken or fractured teeth.
  • Cosmetic enhancement.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Fractured fillings.
  • Large fillings.
  • Tooth has a root canal.

What does getting a crown involve?

A crown procedure traditionally requires two appointments. However, we invested in an innovative technology that allows us to get the procedure done in one visit using an E4D milling system. While the tooth is numb, it will be prepared by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. 

With the E4D Dentist system, instead of using traditionally inconvenient and messy impression materials, dentists can obtain clean, fast digital impressions in a few minutes using a laser scanner in the mouth. This laser scanning technology is not only extremely precise when “capturing” all of the details of a patient’s smile, but is also as safe as the check-out scanner at a grocery store. But, best of all, there is no need for a patient to hold unpleasant, possibly distasteful material in his or her mouth.Then, while the patient watches a computer screen, a custom crown  is designed using the chairside, computer-based design center. From there, the information about the restoration is transferred to the in-office milling unit, where the patient’s prosthesis is made. Shortly thereafter, it’s permanently seated in his or her mouth.

 

You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.