Dental crowns are one of the most common dental procedures. Crowns are used to extend the life of a tooth or for aesthetic reasons. Crowns are also used with dental implants to replace a missing tooth. Dental crowns are ceramic or gold coverings that replace damaged, unaesthetic or missing tooth structure, increasing the strength and performance of the tooth. At My Victoria Dentist, we offer single-visit CEREC dental crowns individually designed for each patient using an optical scanner instead of impressions. This allows for a digitally precise fit and function. For patients that would like an aesthetic smile improvement, we can design the shape and size of the teeth prior to treatment to allow patients to preview their new smile. For dental crowns in Victoria, book an appointment now.
With a single appointment at our clinic, you can get a CEREC dental crown. With this technology, patients avoid the need for temporary crowns while waiting for permanent crowns to be fabricated in a laboratory and avoid the inaccuracy created by the traditional approach of taking impressions.
CEREC stands for “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics”. Our dentists use this system to digitally design and create your crown on the spot. Before the crown is made, you will see an image of what your crown will look like.
Like other crowns, a CEREC crown is made of naturally coloured porcelain. This material is very durable and can be coloured to match the colour of your teeth.
Some of the advantages of using CEREC are:
Immediate functionality restored
More accurate fit
Individual, digital design for improved function
Second appointment is not needed
Sensitivity and gum irritation created by the temporary crown is avoided
Using CEREC technology, it only takes one appointment to receive your final crown. The tooth is shaped to remove the damaged tooth structure and allow room for the ceramic. Once the tooth is shaped, a small camera is used to scan and recreate a 3D image of all of the teeth in the mouth, including the tooth that has been prepared for a crown. Optical scanning and specialized digital mapping technology help our dentists design the tooth for optimal function and fit. The digital design process simulates jaw movement during chewing which optimizes function. Once the crown is designed, a mill is used to shape a porcelain block into the new crown.
Crowns are most often used to protect and restore function to damaged or broken teeth. Crowns are also used to improve the esthetics of teeth when veneers or onlays are not appropriate. The most common situations where crowns are recommended include:
Posterior teeth are especially vulnerable to fractures. Often a cusp will fracture or break off entirely during chewing. Covering the damaged area will help to protect the tooth against further fractures and potential tooth loss.
Root canal treatment is effective in relieving symptoms from inflamed and infected teeth. However, there is a high risk of a tooth fracture after a root canal treatment. It is highly recommended to have a crown placed following a root canal to avoid potential tooth loss.
Cosmetic procedures improve the overall appearance of your teeth and help you smile without any inhibitions. Dental crowns improve the colour and shape of teeth and are used when veneers or onlays are not appropriate to create an aesthetic improvement.
A crown is placed either on existing tooth structure or on an implant. A dental implant is a structure that replaces a missing tooth. Once the implant is secured, an abutment is placed on top of the implant, and a crown is affixed atop the abutment.
Purpose: Cover and restore a damaged tooth without extraction
Details: A crown is a porcelain cap placed over an existing damaged tooth and is cemented in place. A crown is used to restore teeth without removing any teeth. A crown is very effective at protecting your tooth from further damage. Alternatively, a crown is an essential part of a dental implant.
Purpose: Replace one or more missing teeth by bridging the gap
Details: A dental bridge is used to fill in the missing space caused by one or more lost teeth. A bridge is made up of one or more false teeth with one crown on either end of the bridge. Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Purpose: Add a coating to your teeth
Details: A dental veneer is a thin coating of tooth-colored porcelain used to cover the surface of a tooth. A veneer reshapes or brightens teeth that are misshapen or discoloured. Veneers are primarily aesthetic, but can be used for restorative purposes, such as preventing further damage to the surface.