“Because of our investment in the latest dental technology, we can fabricate and place perfectly-matched crowns in hours, instead of having to wait weeks.”
— Dr. Christopher Campus
Crowns are a very common, restorative procedure to improve an existing tooth’s appearance or functionality, or replace a tooth entirely. If you have a tooth that is broken, worn, or partially destroyed by tooth decay, a crown is an excellent option to fix the tooth while retaining its root structure. In this case, the crown becomes the new outer surface of your tooth, replacing that portion of your tooth that sits above the gum line.
In situations where the tooth is beyond repair, the best option is usually removing the entire tooth, placing a dental implant, and affixing your new custom crown. The good news is that we handle this entire process in-house, so you won’t have to be referred to another dental office at any point!
In either case, thanks to our in-house lab, we can create a completely custom crown that perfectly matches the color of your existing teeth. Additionally, since this new process is so precise, your crown will fit perfectly in place, and prevent other teeth from shifting.
What is the exact process for getting a crown?
We use CEREC, a CAD/CAM technology that lets us fabricate and place a tooth-colored crown (and other restorations) right here in our office, and in just one appointment!
The first step is preparing your tooth for restoration, which, depending on the condition of the damaged tooth, can be as simple as minor cleaning or reshaping. After that, we use an optical/infrared camera to digitally capture the exact dimensions of your tooth, so we can make an extremely precise restoration. This information goes directly into the CAD/CAM computer. Then, we design and shape your crown, selecting the best material and perfectly matching the shade of your other teeth.
Next, your crown is fabricated using a computer-controlled milling machine, which takes just a few short minutes! We then check the restoration for fit and color (and adjust if necessary), and bond it in to place. And just like that, your new crown is placed, all in a single appointment!
If you think you may need a crown, give us a call to schedule an appointment! Or if you have questions, just fill out the contact form and let us know how we can help.