Modern Dental Crowns
A dental crown resembles the top portion of a healthy, blemish-free tooth. When placed over the tooth, it can act as a shield to protect the tooth structure underneath it, or as a cosmetic enhancement to improve the tooth’s appearance. Depending on the tooth’s location, Dr. Correa’s recommendation, and your own personal preference, your dental crown may be crafted from metal, porcelain, porcelain and metal, or zirconia. For many patients, we can prepare for, create, and place your dental crown in a single day using advanced CEREC technology (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics).
What to Expect from Dental Crowns
- Because a dental crown is placed over the top of your tooth, the tooth must first be prepared before it can be measured. To accommodate the restoration, Dr. Correa will make the tooth slightly smaller by gently sculpting it.
- Local anesthesia can be applied to limit any potential discomfort, though many patients choose not to undergo dental sedation because the procedure is not complex or time-consuming.
- After the tooth is prepared, Dr. Correa will use digital imaging equipment to measure the tooth, as well as the teeth and dental ridge around it. These measurements are then used to craft your dental crown by a trusted dental lab, or within our office using CEREC technology.
- When the dental crown is completed, Dr. Correa will personally attach the restoration over the tooth, bonding it permanently in place.
What is CEREC?
CEREC crowns are often crafted from porcelain, and can be made in our office during your visit instead of in an off-site dental laboratory. CEREC utilizes advanced digital 3D imaging technology that scans and measures your tooth, then sends the precise measurements to an on-site milling machine. The machine sculpts the crown from a small, solid block of high-quality dental ceramic, and you can leave your appointment with your permanent dental crown intact.