Damaged teeth can make it difficult to eat and speak, and compromise your confidence in your appearance. Dental crowns are one of the most popular restorative treatments, and they can perform many different functions. These tooth-shaped caps can repair and strengthen cracked, decayed, or otherwise weakened teeth. Whether they are crafted at our long-term laboratory partner or made in-office using our CEREC® machine, the dental crowns our doctors create have a high level of customization. These restorations can often be created in just one visit, and we are able to make adjustments and further customize crowns in our on-site laboratory. To learn more about dental crowns, contact Redlands Family Dentistry today.
Crowns are tooth-shaped restorations, custom-designed to match your natural teeth. Although they can be made from several different materials, we only use tooth-colored material. In most cases, our crowns are made from state-of-the-art IPS e.max®, which provides a lifelike sparkle.
Once it is bonded over a tooth, a crown can:
- Strengthen a weakened tooth
- Repair a cracked tooth
- Support a dental bridge
- Cover large voids caused by the removal of cavities
- Reshape a disproportionate or irregular tooth
- Conceal aesthetic imperfections
A crown can also top a dental implant to replace a missing tooth.
Planning Your Treatment
Dr. Frederick Hoffer or Dr. Grace Kim will use extreme precision when planning your dental crowns. If you are going to receive several crowns at once, they will create a wax-up, so you can see what the final restorations will look like. They will use these models to create provisional crowns, which you can wear for a few days. During this time, you can decide if the crowns are comfortable, and you can request any needed adjustments. Our dentists will then turn these provisionary crowns into models. Off-site or in-office technicians can then create crowns to meet your specifications.
Placing Your Crowns
Before placing the provisional crowns, your dentist will carefully reshape your teeth. He or she will remove a conservative amount of material to create strong bases for your new restorations. If you are going to receive lab-fabricated crowns, the dentist will send your impressions and models to our partner lab. We work with a prestigious laboratory and stand behind the outstanding quality of their work.
If you are going to receive same-day or office-fabricated crowns, your dentist will make digital models of your teeth. Our advanced CEREC® imaging system will generate 3-D images, which will then be transferred to a milling machine. The machine can create your new restorations in a matter of minutes. Because they will be based on near-perfect models, your new crowns will be virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Additionally, CEREC® crowns are made of an extremely lifelike material. Our precise planning and conservative approach means your crown will fit comfortably and seamlessly into your smile.
Schedule Your First Appointment
Thanks to our advanced techniques and technology, our crowns look more realistic than you may have ever thought possible. Take the first steps towards restored dental function and an enhanced appearance. Schedule an appointment at Redlands Family Dentistry today.