Considered dental restoration, crowns improve the strength and/or appearance of teeth by completely capping or encasing a tooth or dental implant. Made from porcelain, metal and porcelain-covered metal, crowns help support weakened or endodontically treated teeth and can greatly enhance a smile. Most crowns last about 10 years, but with proper dental care, some crowns last 50 years or more.
When installing a crown, we schedule two appointments:
- To make an impression of the affected tooth. This impression will be used by a dental laboratory to fabricate the crown
- To fit and cement the crown using a special light source to secure the bond
Computer-Assisted Crown Design
Thanks to new technology, some patients may be candidates for CAD/CAM®-developed porcelain crowns. Using CAD/CAM software, we can electronically capture the image of the tooth being repaired and mill the crown on site. If eligible, patients find this a faster, precise alternative to traditional crown fabrication.