All-Ceramic Dental Crowns
Crowns are an indirect dental restoration, meaning they are made outside of the mouth. They are also referred to as caps. Crowns restore teeth that have been weakened by moderate to severe decay or fracture, and they also protect a tooth after a root canal procedure. On either end of a dental bridge, crowns attach to natural teeth and become anchors for the appliance. Crowns can also restore all-white, natural beauty to teeth that have been stained, chipped, fractured, or broken.
Designing a Dental Crown
Every crown is custom made in a dental lab so that it fits snugly in place, complements the shape of its opposing tooth, and looks and feels natural. Most often, our lab uses ceramic, or porcelain, to fabricate crowns. Through advanced shade matching technology, the lab technician can create a crown the same color as surrounding teeth – it will look totally natural. Because back teeth incur significant pressure during chewing, a porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) or zirconia crown might be recommended.
Placing a Crown
Dr. Sohl will first prepare the tooth, then take an impression of the tooth and its opposing tooth. The impression will go to the lab, and you’ll wear a temporary crown until your next visit. At the second appointment, the dentist will replace the temporary with a permanent restoration, using durable dental cement. He will check occlusion to ensure a perfect fit, and make adjustments if necessary. A newly crowned tooth may be mildly sore for a few days, but the sensation will subside, and the tooth will feel and function as if it were natural.