Dental crowns are often used in dentistry, as they can help teeth in many different situations. They can strengthen teeth that have suffered from excessive wear, mend teeth that have undergone a root canal treatment, or be placed to support a dental bridge. Dental crowns are made in two different ways.
The method for making dental crowns that has been used throughout history involves an outside source. Our expert in cosmetic dentistry in San Francisco will take several impressions of the tooth in question, and send them to a dental lab. At this lab the restoration will be made, and then sent back. Our dentist will place the crown on your tooth, and shape and mold it as necessary. The process will finish with a polishing, so the crown matches the look and sheen of the rest of your teeth.
A more modern method of making dental crowns utilizes CAD/CAM technology. In this case, our dentist will take pictures of the tooth and digitally create a 3D image. This image is sent to our on-site milling machine, which can create your restoration within an hour. This means that there is no need to send information to a separate location or wait for the crown to be made and returned. Our dentist can place the new crown in just one appointment.