Although we have a milling machine, we find that a dental laboratory can do a better job at fabricating a crown and then glazing it to make sure it’s as smooth as possible. The lab has trained dental technicians that are very good at what they do. Crowns that are milled in dental offices have to have thicker margins, so more tooth structure has to be removed to allow for the thicker margins. We find that a lab is able to do a better job with making the best crown possible, so we choose to utilize the dental lab professionals.

Although this may not be as convenient as a same day crown, it can help to avoid tooth sensitivity, as we can be more conservative and take off less tooth structure. It is also a guarantee that your crown has all the attention it deserves from a lab technician, without rushing to deliver the same-day crown before the numbness wears away.

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A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is bonded or cemented onto a tooth that has lost some of its shape most often through trauma or decay. When it is not possible to predictably restore a tooth with a filling or another more-conservative restoration (like a veneer for front teeth), then the tooth is shaped to accept a cap (crown), and a cap is made in the shape of a tooth. The crown is tried in, any adjustments are made, and it is cemented or bonded onto the tooth, thereby restoring the function that was lost.


In our office we try to go for as minimal invasive treatment as it is possible for the specific clinical case.  But unfortunately sometimes fillings aren’t possible. The doctor might recommend onlay, overlay or a crown. The  pros and cons of each option will be discussed before final treatment delivery.

A dental crown is a dental cap that aims to protect a weak and damaged tooth. 
With proper care and regular maintenance, your crown can last for 15-20 years, but patients with a high cavity risk may find that their crowns last closer to 5 years.
If a tooth is at high risk of fracturing, or if a portion of it has already fractured, a dental crown may protect any weak areas from fracturing and making the tooth not savable. 
You may treat a crown just like every other tooth, but pay special attention to ensure that the margins of the crown are clean by brushing towards the margin, and flossing daily. 
There may be some mild discomfort at first, but the greatest majority of the time there are no symptoms other than slightly sore gums due to placing the margins at or under the gum level. 

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