How does a dental crown work?

A dental crown helps protect a weak tooth from breaking down further. Crowns are also used to restore broken or damaged teeth. Typically, crowns are placed after a root canal procedure to help seal out infection. The crown fits snug over the tooth and is similar to a cap. Crowns can change the size, shape, and color of a tooth, and look natural in the mouth. Crowns are durable and give patients a natural looking smile.

Who can benefit from a crown?

If you have a damaged or broken tooth, you may be in need of a crown. Crowns cover damaged or broken teeth and seal out infection. They also prevent further damage to the already compromised tooth. If you suffer from large areas of decay, or you notice your tooth is discolored or misshapen, you may be in need of a crown. Other signs include any prolonged pain or difficulty chewing food. During your consultation our team will help you decide what type of crown will work best for you.

What types of crowns are available?

Ceramic Crowns:

Ceramic crowns are typically used to restore the front teeth. They are made out of porcelain material, are durable, and blend in with your natural teeth.

Porcelain Crowns:

Porcelain crowns are made out of porcelain fused to metal. This type of crown is stronger than other types of crowns due to the metal structure beneath the crown.

Same Day CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) Crowns:

CEREC crowns are a popular choice for patients because they can be completed in just one appointment. This type of crown can be shaped and sized to match your existing teeth. CEREC crowns are made out of a solid block of ceramic or resin. Using computer aided technology CEREC crowns are conveniently made right in our office using our on-side milling unit. CEREC crowns are durable, and are built to last between 10-15 years.

What happens during the crown process?

During a crown procedure local anesthetic is used to keep patients relaxed and comfortable. The tooth is filed down to ensure the crown is a perfect fit. We take impressions of your teeth and those are sent off to a lab where your custom crown is made. Temporary crowns are used in the meantime while you wait for your permanent crown to be installed.

Once the crown is ready, the crown is affixed to the tooth. Multiple appointments are typically needed for crowns, unless you have opted for same day CEREC crowns that can be done in just one visit to our office. If you are interested in finding out more about crowns and which option is right for you, contact Sienna Dental to schedule your appointment.