How can you be at the spa instead of the Dentist office?
Crowns (sometimes called “caps”) are one of the best fixes we have for teeth, especially teeth that are badly damaged due to trauma like cracks and decay.
See the cracks in that last molar? Here, I’ll blow it up a bit.
In the past, teeth in need of crowns required the use of a dental laboratory technician and took about two weeks. While we waited for the lab to make the crown, the patient wore a temporary crown made of plastic to protect the tooth.
While crowns done this way worked well, there were a number of compromises. Most importantly they required a second appointment with another shot two weeks later. An often overlooked consequence of crowns made in a lab is the temporary crown. Usually made out of plastic, these crowns are notorious for being sensitive or loose. Because they need to be removed later for the final crown, they cannot be effectively sealed and they leak, further traumatizing the tooth.
Now enter the latest generation of crowns made during your appointment, called Cerec. The tooth is scanned with a 3D laser scanner, the crown designed and edited on a computer, and then milled out of a porcelain block right in front of you!
If you want to download it, here’s a short video of our milling unit from just this week.
So here’s what it looks like when we fix that cracked tooth.