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What is a dental crown?

A dental crown from Wichita Family Dental is a ‘cap’ that fits over your natural tooth and protects or restores it. A dental crown will hold together cracked or broken teeth so they don’t have to be extracted and protect a vulnerable tooth that has undergone root canal therapy.  

Why do I need a dental crown?

illustration of same-day cerec dental crown in wichita, ks which allows patients to get crowns in one day without a temporaryYour Wichita Family Dental dentist may recommend a dental crown for many different reasons. A dental crown can:

  • Protect weak or damaged teeth and prevent their extraction.
  • Cover large fillings and prevent the need for a root canal.
  • Restore a tooth that has been broken or severely worn.
  • Improve the look of discolored or misshapen teeth.
  • Attach as a prosthetic tooth to a dental implant.
  • Serve as an anchor to support a dental bridge.

Can a dental crown fix a chipped front tooth?

Yes! Dental crowns may go over a chipped or broken tooth and cover the chip. For a front tooth, it is important that your crown matches the color of the surrounding teeth. Your Wichita Family Dental Ceramist will customize your crown to ensure it blends in naturally.  

Can you crown teeth for cosmetic reasons?

Absolutely! Dental crowns can give you teeth in the size, shape, and color you have always wanted. Many celebrities with ‘perfect’ smiles actually have dental crowns or veneers!

How are CEREC crowns different?

CEREC crowns utilize the latest technology to deliver dental crowns in ONE day. These crowns require no messy impressions: the CEREC 3D camera scans the tooth in seconds with precision accuracy. Your Wichita Family Dental Ceramist will design and mill your crown in-office while you wait. Your crown can be placed immediately, which means no temporary crown and no second visit. Your CEREC crown will be natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing! 

dental implant crown before and afterWill my dental crown look natural?

Yes! Your Ceramist will use a shade guide to match your crown to the teeth on either side. They will also color and polish your crown to be nearly identical to your other teeth. Take a look at the image to the right. This is an example of an implant crown that was milled and colored to match the surrounding teeth perfectly so that no one will know it’s not your real tooth. 

How much does a dental crown cost?

Your crown cost will vary based on the type of material used. 

What are dental crowns made of?

Most dental crowns at Wichita Family Dental are made of porcelain. Porcelain crowns have more transparency which means that they mimic the clarity of natural teeth and are less likely to stand out or look fake. They are three times stronger than natural teeth which makes them more likely to last longer. 

In some cases, your crown may be made of zirconia. This is a material that resembles porcelain, but it is five times stronger than your natural teeth, making it the perfect choice for people who have a really strong bite or who grind their teeth. It can also be appropriate for crowns that will anchor a bridge as it holds up well under pressure even when it is stretched out. 

Your Wichita Family Dental Ceramist will choose the material most appropriate for your case.

ceramist placing block in cerec milling machine to create a same-day dental crown in wichita, ksWhat is the process for getting a dental crown?

Your Wichita Family Dental Ceramist uses the CEREC 3D camera to take a digital picture of your tooth. The CEREC software converts that picture into a 3D model that your Ceramist uses to design your crown.

In the CEREC milling unit, two diamond-coated burs carve a block into the correct shape for your crown. Your Ceramist will color and polish your crown so that it perfectly matches your surrounding teeth. Your Wichita Family Dental doctor bonds this restoration into place. Your same-day dental crown from Wichita Family Dental is ready within hours.

How long do dental crowns last?

On average, dental crowns last between five and fifteen years. 

My crown came off. Is it a dental emergency?

In most cases, a dental crown coming off is not a dental emergency. Just the same, you’ll want to get it replaced as quickly as possible. You can call Wichita Family Dental during business hours or contact our after-hours emergency line. Remember, we are open six days a week for dental emergencies and can recement your crown on a Saturday if necessary. You can even book your appointment online.

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