Same Day Crowns
Crowns are tooth-shaped caps which fit over the top of your teeth, to strengthen and protect them.
We make our crowns in-house, and can fit them on the same day.
Why are dental crowns used?
Teeth with large fillings (and/or root fillings) are weak and can break when you bite. They can have hidden cracks which make them tender to bite on or sensitive to hot or cold. Heaving clenching or grinding can also weaken teeth even if there are no fillings present. A dental crown will protect a tooth that has been heavily filled or is under pressure from clenching or grinding. Crowns can also be used cosmetically to improve the appearance of your teeth. Your Hamilton dentist can tell you which of your teeth would best be protected by crowns before other dental problems develop.
What are dental crowns made of?
Usually, dental crowns are made of porcelain because the colour can be matched to your existing teeth. The porcelain ‘tooth’ may have a gold or other metal core for strength. If a natural appearance is not essential (for example, at the back of your mouth), a gold or other metal crown may be used. Porcelain crowns are the most commonly fitted crowns here at Hamilton Dental Centre.
Ceramic crowns are another option and like porcelain crowns, they can be matched to your existing teeth' colour, making them a popular choice. All-ceramic crowns are typically not as strong as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, however, they offer good protection for a damaged tooth or damaged teeth.
Ceramic and porcelain crowns can be fitted to front teeth and back teeth, however, you will typically find them used on front teeth for aesthetic purposes.
A cost-effective option is an all-resin crown, however, these are not commonly used anymore as they are more prone to wearing down and more susceptible to getting chipped off or breaking.
The type of crown you decide on will be determined by the required strength and durability, as well as the cost. A crown can last between 5 and 15 years depending on the material used so it is important to consider your long-term dental health when deciding which type of dental crown to choose.
How are dental crowns fitted?
Hamilton Dental reduces the size of the existing filling and tooth to make room for the new crown, removing any cracks or decay to ensure the tooth's integrity. We can then scan the prepared tooth directly and create the crown or dental bridge on the same day using our CEREC technology.
If a case is very technical we may take a mould to send to a dental technician to give our dentist more time to create your casework. Your Hamilton dentist will fit a temporary crown to cover your tooth until the permanent crown or bridgework is ready. Once the permanent crown is ready, we check the fit and appearance before cementing it in place.
How long does it take to get a tooth crown?
The typical process for creating a moulding a crown for your teeth would be 2-3 weeks, however, thanks to the adoption of CAD/CAM technology, we are able to offer same-day dental crowns at Hamilton Dental Centre.
The traditional process of fitting a crown would involve physical impressions of a tooth being taken. These would then get sent to a lab for production all of which could take anywhere from 2-3 weeks.
Today, however, with the use of CAD/CAM technology, that process has now been digitised with 3D scans and virtual designs used in conjunction with state-of-the-art milling machines that can create tooth crowns from a single piece of ceramic, quick enough to have your new crowns ready and fitted in a day.