A dental crown is used to cover most or all of a damaged tooth. It is placed over the tooth after it has been carefully filed down. Crowns are custom fitted to align with your teeth and match the aesthetic of your bite.
Dental Crowns are effective for:
- Repairing teeth that are cracked, worn or fractured
- Strengthening a tooth that has a large cavity
- Covering teeth that have been damaged by decay
- Strengthening teeth after a root canal treatment
- Replacing lost teeth (in conjunction with a dental implant)
A crown works best when damage to your tooth is extensive.
What happens during a the procedure?
The Fountain of Youth Dental staff will help you relax before you begin your procedure. Once you’re comfortable in your chair, your dentist will then use a tool called a burr to reshape your tooth. We’ll also use a local anesthetic to make sure you are comfortable.
Shape the Tooth
Once the tooth is tapered to a point that the crown can fit, the dentist will fit a temporary crown. It keeps your tooth protected until your custom crown is ready.
Placing Your Crown
We’ll use dental putty to take a cast of your tooth. This mold will be sent to a specialist laboratory, where your tailored crown is built. When your crown is ready, your dentist will use a special gel to roughen the surface of your tooth. A rough surface ensures the best bond possible, then fit your crown and cement it into place
How do I take care of my crown?
Your new crown is easy to look after. Clean with toothpaste and gently floss. Most crowns last a minimum of five years, and some can last up to fifteen with good oral hygiene.
One-visit porcelain crowns (CEREC)
Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC) is a computer-aided design method. It was developed at the University of Zurich in 1980. Its purpose is the construction of ceramic tooth restorations that could be effectively installed in one visit. The speed of the procedure earned it the name “chairside.”
How does the CEREC process work?
The CEREC process is remarkably efficient. The dentist first uses an intraoral camera to capture the necessary images to input into a computer program. The program digitally constructs a 3-dimensional image of the tooth. Dentists can use this model to create the porcelain crown necessary for the specific tooth that needs repairs.
Once the digital tooth model is ready, the crown goes to a milling machine. The milling machine then creates a new artificial tooth out of ceramic using diamond coated milling units in less than 20 minutes.
Your dentist can then paint, polish, glaze or add any other finishing touches to the tooth. The crown is inserted into the patient’s mouth using either an oral cement or adhesive.
CEREC is great for those needing immediate care. Ceramic is also preferable to other dental reconstruction materials such as gold and amalgam. The physical qualities of ceramic mimic that of real teeth. The digital models are extremely accurate and offer a lifespan of 10 or more years.
What aftercare will I need?
Aftercare for teeth whitening is largely done at home. After the initial whitening, maintenance will be in your hands. You can always come see us at Fountain of Youth Dental if you have concerns.
You’ll be given an aftercare and touch up kit to take home. The kit is easy to use and allows you to maintain your newly whitened teeth without having to schedule an appointment. Your aftercare kit contains custom trays and desensitizing gel that you can wear at home to reduce discomfort. You can also help your teeth rehydrate by drinking room temperature water and gently chewing sugar free gum. You will need to avoid tobacco products and consumables that could stain your teeth for 48 hours after your Zoom whitening. Examples include red or dark sauces, spinach, mustard, berries, cola and tea or coffee. The kit also contains Night White gel, which you apply to your custom trays and wear in the same way you wore your desensitizing gel. Wear your trays with Night White gel 1-2 hours a day for three days in a row. We can advise you how often to do touch-up home treatments.