At a second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and test the permanent one. Sometimes crowns need additional polishing, or glaze or some other adjustment before they are placed. Once the crown is ready, it's cemented to your tooth.
A dental crown is essentially a cap that is placed over a tooth, covering the entirety of the tooth's surface. Crowns can restore the original shape, strength, color, and overall appearance of many types of damaged teeth. A dental crown can be used to: keep a tooth that has been weakened by decay or disease from breaking or cracking; repair a tooth that has already broken or cracked; hold a dental bridge in place; completely cover a tooth that has become misshapen or irreversibly discolored; or, cover a dental implant.
Though an effective and satisfying method of restoring damaged teeth, traditional dental crowns require at least two visits to the dentist to have them fitted and placed. The first visit allows the dentist to examine and prepare the affected teeth by filing them down to an appropriate size and creating a mold of the teeth to be placed with a crown. A temporary crown is placed until your next visit, and the mold is sent to a dental laboratory where the crown is made. The second visit consists of the dentist removing the temporary crown and permanently placing the new one.
With the cutting-edge technology of CEREC® 3D, however, having a dental crown fitted and placed takes only one visit to Dr. Bernstein and eliminates the uncomfortable process of creating a tooth impression. In the convenience of just one hour-long appointment, you can enjoy all the benefits of a strong, natural-looking crown.