What are Dental Crowns?
Crowns (sometimes called “caps”) cover your entire tooth, up to the gums. They’re protective restorations that limit the risk of further decay, breakage, and erosion of the tooth underneath. Plus, they’re strong enough to withstand everyday wear.
We’ll design your crown out of a durable ceramic that matches the teeth next to it. Sometimes gold is used — especially if the tooth isn’t visible, like a top back tooth — because of how durable it is against heavy wear and pressure.
Do I Need a Crown?
Crowns are essential when a tooth is too damaged to repair with a filling. If we were to put a large filling in a structurally compromised tooth, it would simply be a matter of time before it breaks down or cracks.
Dr. Mark will likely suggest a crown for situations involving:
- Large cavities
- Severe wear or enamel erosion
- Root canal treatment
- Broken or cracked teeth
Same Day CEREC Crowns
Traditional dental crowns are made using a two-step process that takes at least two separate appointments to complete. That’s because they’re made by hand in a lab. While the permanent version is being crafted, you’ll wear a temporary crown. About two weeks later, Dr. Mark will change it out with the final design.
However, Forest Hills Dental is also proud to offer same-day CEREC dental crowns. Thanks to digital 3D technology, we can take a “virtual” impression of your prepped tooth and have the final ceramic cap milled in our office while you wait. In the meantime, you can relax with a book or catch up on other dental treatments.
CEREC crowns aren’t just convenient because of the time that’s saved; they also eliminate the chance of human error and are made of solid ceramic (so they look great too!)