• Crowns

  • Crowns are meant to protect the part of the tooth that is seen above the gum line. They are placed there to strengthen the tooth or to enhance its appearance or size. They are also used to secure a bridge or finish a dental implant. There are a quite a few different kinds of crowns available, each serving a specific purpose. Our dentist can advise you on whether or not you will need a crown depending on the type of treatment you are receiving. Often a temporary crown is put in place until the permanent crown is made professionally in a dental lab so there is no worry of tooth being exposed. Crowns are made of different substances such as porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, metal or resin.

    Patients may need a crown for a variety of reasons. Common reasons we might place a crown include fixing a fractured tooth, restoring a tooth with a large cavity, or protecting a tooth after a root canal. Crowns are used when a large part of the tooth is missing or damaged—which replaces the missing tooth structure.

    In the case of missing teeth, crowns are also used to replace those teeth as part of a dental implant.

    Before a crown is placed on a tooth, the dentist first prepares and shapes the existing tooth, a process that allows it to fit precisely to the natural tooth and provide a strong restoration.

    Keep in mind, the traditional approach to crowns used to require dentists to take tooth impressions that were sent out to a lab for crown construction. It generally took a few weeks to get the new crown back in the office. In the meantime, patients were given a temporary crown while they waited.

    But that’s no longer the case. Advances in dental technology have given rise to new and innovative ways of constructing crowns that save you time and hassle.

    Introducing Planmeca FIT One Day Crowns

    A convenient, time-saving dental solution for you

    If it’s time for a new crown, we’ve got good news for you. No more waiting several weeks. And you can also say goodbye to scheduling multiple appointments.

    Now patients undergo the procedure and receive a brand new crown in just one visit. That’s because Richard Cottrell DDS and Associates offers Planmeca FIT, an innovative dental imaging technology that allows our dentists to construct your crown right here in our office. From start to finish, the procedure takes about two hours.

    Plus, no more messy dental impressions. Because Planmeca uses computer-aided design, or CAD technology, the dentist scans the tooth and uses computer software to design your new crown. It’s the same technology engineers use to design cars, planes, and high-rise buildings.

    And here’s another benefit. The material used with Planmeca is a very high-strength porcelain, stronger than traditional dental porcelain. E.max, the material used with Planmeca crowns, is more durable compared to typical porcelain crowns, according to independent testing conducted by NYU.

    We’re pretty sure you’re going to like Planmeca One Day crowns because of the convenience and time savings. Not only that, but here at Richard Cottrell DDS and Associates, we’ve been using Planmeca FIT for many years—something that sets us apart from other dentists.