A dental crown is used to restore a tooth that is badly damaged, severely discoloured or deformed. Often referred to as a “dental cap”, a crown completely covers the portion of the tooth that lies at or above the gum line, effectively becoming the tooth’s new outer surface.
If you’re looking for a permanent solution to damaged or unsightly teeth that do not require removal, crowns offer several benefits including durability, prevention of further damage or breakdown, improved mouth functions such as eating and speaking, improved appearance and restored confidence.
A crown can be made of porcelain/ceramic, gold alloy, or a combination of the two. At Centre Dentaire Limbour, we offer both traditional dental crowns, and CEREC® single-visit crowns using IPS e.max® lithium disilicate ceramic.
Traditionally, a crown restoration includes two appointments with your dental team. During the first appointment, your dentist will take an impression, which is then sent to the lab. A temporary crown is then placed until the next appointment. During your second appointment, the crown that was expertly prepared by the lab is placed and bonded to your tooth.
CEREC® Single-Visit Crowns
With the use of CEREC®, a computer-assisted restorative technique, our dentists are able to create a custom-designed crown in just one appointment! This CAD/CAM technology, which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, allows our dental team to quickly restore a damaged tooth using high-quality IPS e.max® lithium disilicate ceramic.
First, your dentist will scan your affected tooth. The restoration is then designed on the computer, and milled in the in-house milling unit. This precise, efficient process allows for the creation of a unique restoration that fits perfectly, and closely resembles your natural tooth enamel both visually and functionally.