How Our Dental Crowns are Made
Creating a dental crown was once a long and involved procedure. First, a wax impression of the tooth was taken, which was a messy process. Then, it took two to three weeks to actually manufacture the crown so it was ready to be placed. In the meantime, patients had to wear temporary crowns, which were inconvenient and often didn’t last.
Now, thanks to CEREC technology, we simplify the process and the entire procedure can be done in just one appointment. Impressions are taken digitally, and the crowns are created immediately afterwards. This process only takes an hour or two, and there are no temporary crowns needed.
Once the crown is ready, its composition is very similar to that of a natural tooth. As the dental crown is being placed, it is bonded to the existing enamel. This means less of the natural tooth must be removed, making the procedure easier for the patient and allowing them to preserve their teeth. After the crown is fitted onto the tooth, it will contract and expand with the tooth it is protecting. This flexibility means there is less chance the crown will break.
Before a dental crown can be fitted over an existing tooth, the natural tooth must first be repaired. One of our dentists will remove the damaged components of your tooth, and then shape it to fit the crown.
The digital impressions are then taken, which will allow the CEREC technology to craft a crown with the perfect dimensions. Those impressions are sent to the CEREC device, which takes about one hour to create a crown that is strong and looks and feels like a natural tooth.
After the crown is ready, it is then placed over the tooth it will support. After ensuring the crown is comfortable and looks natural, it is then secured into place. You are then ready to enjoy your new crown, and your new and improved smile!