Riverpark Dental
Porcelain Crowns
Porcelain Crowns

A crown is commonly referred to as a cap and is an artificial tooth that is hollow on the inside and used to cover a damaged tooth. If bacteria has brought destruction to a tooth, your dentist may suggest a crown.

Crowns are done to teeth that have had their function and structure compromised by old/large fillings or by a tooth fracture. They can be done on both front and back teeth. Root canal treatments are commonly followed up with a crown because when the infected nerve and pulp is removed from the tooth, the dentist fills it with a large filling- leaving a high risk for fracture in the future. If more than 50% of a tooth has a filling from a root canal, we will recommend a crown for that tooth. Cosmetically, crowns can be utilized to cover a discolored or irregularly shaped tooth. You and one of our dentists at Riverpark Dental will determine what type of crown is most ideal for your unique need and specialized with a variety of available materials.

A crown will bring back strength, structure, and function to a tooth so it can be strong and resilient against any further damage. It is hard to tell if a tooth has had a crown treatment, as it looks and works like a natural tooth, blending homogenously with your other teeth. You’ll be able to talk, eat, drink, and live like nothing was done by maintaining the same comfortable functionality of your natural teeth while keeping your beautiful and bright smile.

How is it done?

  1. Your first visit to Riverpark Dental starts with the dentist taking impressions for your crown by using our highly accurate iTero digital imaging software.
  2. The next step is to shave down 1-2 millimeters of your tooth to make room for the crown. We then put in a temporary composite crown in as a placeholder until the dental lab manufactures the real crown.
  3. Lastly, we then invite you back so we can remove the temporary crown and insert your permanent crown once the dental laboratory manufactures it.

Digital Technology

We’ve parted ways with the old-fashioned putty-style impressions method and now use the iTero digital scanning technology. How it works is the scanner takes laser and optical images of every depression, groove, or prominence of your tooth/gums to create the most precise and accurate impressions possible.

The iTero technology helps patients get their crowns quicker because we are able to send them to the dental laboratory immediately to be manufactured, meaning less time at the dental practice and less time waiting for the crown.

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