Crowns, or dental caps, are used for both restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Crowns can help enhance the visual appearance of discolored, chipped or otherwise traumatized teeth, and can also be used to rebuild teeth that have suffered decay, breaks, or other issues that have caused them to lose strength.
Unlike composite fillings, dental inlays, or dental onlays—which fill or cover only a portion of a tooth-- a crown is a type of dental restoration intended to cover the entire tooth from the gum line up. Cemented onto your natural tooth, a crown effectively serves as your tooth’s new surface because it completely covers your natural tooth.
Crowns can be fashioned from a variety of materials including gold alloy, porcelain or ceramic, or even a combination of both! Dr. Dukovich and Dr. Korch can provide you with additional information on your crown options, including guidance on which type of material would work best for your crown.
A crown is extened over two visits. The first appointment is reserved to prepare the tooth for the crown and the second appointment, three weeks later, is to insert the crown. Innovative Dental Arts and Albensi Dental Laboratories fabricate our crowns and this could take up to three weeks depending on the type of impression, which is determined on a case by case basis. The traditional imression is done with a tray and heavy body material, which forms a mold of your tooth. The other option is a digital impression.
Dr. Dukovich has invested in a LAVA Chairside Oral Scanner (C.O.S) in order to increase patient comfort and accuracy, and to decrease turnover on receiving the finished product from the lab. This machine allows the doctor to digitally scan the prepared tooth and email the scan directly to the lab where artists create your new tooth.