Dental Crowns

If you have a break in your tooth or a filling so large the remaining tooth is weak you may need a crown. A crown is a cover that goes over your tooth to protect it from further damage. A crown can also be used with a dental implant to replace a missing tooth.

Crowns come in a variety of materials. The most natural-looking crown is the porcelain crown. Porcelain reflects light the same way natural teeth do, which allows it to blend in better. Other materials that may be used include: Porcelain fused with metal, metal alloys, gold, and composite resin. A porcelain or composite crown can be created in our office using the CEREC system. Crowns made of other materials need to be custom-made at a dental laboratory.

CEREC Same-day crowns

The CEREC (CERamic REConstruction) system allows us to place crowns during the same visit. Benefits include:

Same-day Service | You no longer need to wait weeks for your completed crown to be placed! You can skip the temporary crown entirely!
Porcelain Material | CEREC crowns are made of porcelain, which looks just like your natural teeth.
Quality Control | Your crown is designed on a computer screen right in front of you. You can see the custom craftsmanship being done on your behalf.
Exact Copy | If you have a snore guard, Invisalign aligner, partial denture or retainer which fits to a tooth needing a crown the shape of the existing tooth can be exactly copied. Therefore, there is no need to get a new appliance because the old one does not fit the new crown.
Long Lasting | With care, CEREC crowns can last 15-20 years or longer!

Traditional Crowns

Traditional crowns are made in a laboratory, many times by a master ceramist (if porcelain, or porcelain-metal-fused). Benefits include:

Aesthetics | Traditional crowns can look the most like natural teeth, because
they are hand-made. They are a great choice when you need crowns on your front teeth.
Long-Lasting | With care, traditional crowns can last 15-20 years or longer!

How it works:

  1. Make an appointment. During your visit, we will examine you to determine if crowns are right for you.
  2. CEREC | We can take digital images to create your crown, and then place the crown, all during the same visit.
  3. Traditional | We can prepare your tooth, take a mold, and send it to the laboratory. It may take two – three weeks to receive the constructed crown. You will have a custom provisional restoration while your case is completed. During your next appointment, we will place and bond your crown to your tooth.
  4. Treatment and steps may vary, depending on your personal need.

Ask About a Crown Today!

At Caldwell Dental Care, we’ve been making crowns with the CEREC system for about a decade. Whether you’re looking for a same-day crown, or traditional crowns, we’re ready to serve you. Call for an appointment today!