A tooth that has extensive decay, is fractured, or has had a root canal is often not a candidate for a large filling. Large fillings weaken the tooth, are not durable long term, and are not as esthetic as crown restorations. Placing a crown on the tooth serves to protect the tooth from breaking down any further. Our goal is to preserve teeth, which helps to maintain the bone and surrounding tissue.
Initially, your teeth will be scanned for an impression in order to make the final crown look and function like your natural teeth. The tooth will be prepared (removing existing decay) and scanned once more to send to the lab (digitally) for fabrication of the new crown. After, a temporary crown will be made so you leave the office with a tooth that is no longer broken or causing pain. The new crown is made of an all-white ceramic material that is strong yet esthetic.
Once the crown is returned from the lab, your temporary will be removed and your new crown is inserted. Crowns can last a long time with good hygiene and regular visits to the dentist for check-ups.