Crowns are a cosmetic restoration used to strengthen a tooth or improve its shape. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or partially destroyed by tooth decay.
Crowns are "cemented" onto an existing tooth and cover the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth's new outer surface. Crowns can be made of ceramic, porcelain or metal. Ceramic crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are stronger than porcelain.
Crowns or onlays (partial crowns) are needed when there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold a filling. Unlike fillings which apply the restorative material directly into your mouth, a crown is fabricated away from your mouth. Your crown is created in a lab from your unique tooth scan or impression which allows a dental laboratory technician to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. Your crown is then sculpted just for you so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.
For most of our crowns, we scan your tooth into a computer, using the Itero digital scanning machine, rather than taking an impression. The data is then sent to our partner lab where your crown is made. We feel that this gives a more accurate fit for your crown.
At Dr. Donovan's we don't do "crowns-in-a-day" because we feel this limits your available choices.