Overview: A crown is a type of dental restoration that covers the entire surface of a tooth or implant. This procedure is often necessary to restore a damaged tooth. Crowns may also be necessary to restore a tooth’s appearance, shape, alignment and dental occlusion (bite). There are several types of crowns that can be used, including ceramic, porcelain, resin, and metal (cosmetic crowns are usually made of porcelain or ceramic). For each type of crown, there are pros and cons, and we are happy to discuss what type would be best for your oral health.
Patient Experience: Same day crowns: At River Birch Dental, we are equipped with the latest CEREC® CAD/CAM technology that allows our patients to receive their crowns in one, simple, 90 minute appointment. Based upon each patient’s preference, the appointment traditionally begins with administration of anesthetic and nitrous oxide gas (laughing gas). The tooth is then prepared for a crown. Using the latest CEREC® CAD/CAM technology, the tooth is then digitally scanned into a computer. A crown is then designed by the doctor and milled from highly engineered dental materials. While all of this is happening, the patient gets a front row seat to watch the designing and milling process. The finished crown is then highly polished and permanently cemented into place. There is no need for a second appointment, and the crown is ready for use immediately.
Two appointment crowns: Under certain circumstances or patient preferences, a crown may require an additional appointment. For those cases, a two appointments will be necessary. Based upon each patient’s preference, the appointment traditionally begins with administration of anesthetic and nitrous oxide gas (laughing gas). The tooth is then prepared for a crown. A mold of the tooth is then made by the doctor, and the mold is sent to a dental laboratory for off-site fabrication of the crown. At the first appointment, a temporary crown is affixed to the tooth for patient comfort and tooth health. At the second appointment, the crown is permanently affixed to the tooth. Based upon the type of cement used in the procedure, the tooth is usually ready for use within 30 minutes.
At our office you have the ability to have a crown completed in one appointment! Our technology allows a beautiful and strong porcelain crown to be milled in about 5 minutes.