Same Day (CAD/CAM) Crown
What is a Crown?
Compared to fillings which just cover a small portion of a tooth, a crown (or cap) encases the entire visible portion of a tooth.
In effect, the crown acts as the tooth's new outer surface.
A dental crown is used when a tooth is broken or decayed to such an extent that fillings aren't able to repair the problem.
The crown is able to provide a protective shell around the damaged or decayed tooth to strengthen it, as well as to improve the appearance of the tooth.
They can also help restore a tooth to it's original shape, and are used commonly for teeth that have been broken.
While crowns come in different materials, the most common crowns typically have some mixture of porcelain in them to give them a look and feel similar to a natural tooth.
How is a crown able to be completed in one visit?
The first portion of the visit involves reshaping the tooth and taking impressions to create the crown.
Typically a portion of your tooth will have to be removed for the crown to fit properly.
After the dentist reshapes your tooth, he will use a special material to create an impression of it. A stone model is made from the impression.
The doctor then scans the model and an image is sent to a computerized program where the crown is designed right there in the operatory.
Once all specifications are complete, the information is sent to a "milling" machine where the crown is created.
When the crown is finished, the doctor will ensure that it fits comfortably and matches the color of your teeth.
It is then bonded to the tooth rather than cemented. You now have your permanent crown in one visit!