What’s the process of getting a crown?
Before CEREC technology came around, getting a crown took 2-3 appointments and required a notoriously uncomfortably temporary crown. Thanks to new techniques and technology, getting your crown is easier than ever.
CEREC crowns offering the following advantages:
- Highly accurate and comfortable digital 3D scan.
- We can preserve more of your natural tooth structure.
- Start to finish in one visit.
Examining and preparing the tooth
We know the dentist isn’t your favourite place, which is why only two visits are required to place the dental crown. During the first appointment, we will examine your tooth. If the tooth is affected by decay, we will remove the damaged areas and clean it. If your tooth has stress fractures, a crown will help protect the tooth from breaking along the fracture. Then we will shape the tooth so the crown fits comfortably overtop.
Shaping the Crown
Next, we will take an impression or digital scan of your treated tooth. If you are missing a tooth and wish to replace it with a dental implant, we will take an impression of the implant and the surrounding teeth. Our lab will use the impression to manufacture your own custom crown.
Placing the Crown
At your second appointment, we will remove your temporary crown and replace it with a permanent crown. The crown will be secured using durable dental cement. To complete the process, we will polish your crown and make any necessary adjustments to ensure your comfort.
Frequently Asked Questions
If the tooth needs to be shaped or prepared in advance, you might experience some discomfort. Your comfort is a priority for us. If you’re nervous about any dental procedure, please let us know.
With proper care and maintenance, a crown can last 10 years or more.
A dental crown is maintained just like a natural tooth. Regular brushing and flossing keep your dental crown, and the supporting gum around it, healthy and clean. Regular cleanings and checkups at your dentist are essential to your oral health.
You must speak with your insurance provider to find out if they will cover your crown. After your initial consultation, we can provide you with a quote to take to your insurance provider.
For dental crowns which cap an existing tooth, a post may be needed if there isn’t enough healthy tooth left over to hold a crown. The post is cemented into a prepared root canal and acts as a sturdy, reinforced base and core of your dental crown.