Crowns are a dental restoration fabricated to fit overtop a prepped tooth (or teeth). A crown is a very strong and protective “thimble”which allows a tooth to fully function. The appointment to have a crown usually involves 2 appointments but due to technology it can be done in a one appointment.
A dental crown has been referred to as a Cap. These two terms are interchangeable, but as technology has improved the proper term is a Crown. The materials are very natural looking and strong. The crowns are generally designed on a Cad-Cam system either by the laboratory or they can be done on in-office computer system.
This first appointment will involve Dr. Dove prepping the tooth (teeth) and getting a small impression to make a temporary tooth. The prep is done then the scanning occurs with blue-ray technology. This is a very easy scan done with our E4D PlanMeca scanner. The information is loaded into a computer system which analyses the tooth (teeth) and surrounding teeth. The E4D also scans the opposite arch, this allows for a well functioning crown when chewing. Often the area is temporized. We advised patients to go very gentle on the temporary.
A few days later, the temporary is gently removed and we insert the crown. All crowns are custom and colouring is very important.
The example we have used is actually 6 teeth across the upper anterior.
The teeth are 13/12/11/21/22/23. This smile was done fully on the E4D PlanMeca system.