FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS A DENTAL CROWN?
A crown is something that we use to protect your tooth to make it stronger. It is made typically of ceramic and is very “tooth-like” and natural. In order to place a crown over your tooth, we have to change the shape of your existing tooth to allow a ceramic to go overtop - so kind of like a top hat that would fit right over your tooth.
WHAT IS A CEREC® SAME-DAY CROWN?
A same-day crown is such an amazing procedure. We use a technology called Cerec and it has been around for over 30 years now. It is an absolutely incredible technology that allows us to do a crown in one visit and you’re usually in the office for about an hour and a half. Whereas, traditionally, we would have to do what we call a temporary crown that you would wear for about two weeks and then come back in to have your final crown cemented. Because we’re not using a lab and we are making your crown in our own office, we’re able to provide you with your crown within your hour and a half appointment.
ARE SAME-DAY CROWNS MORE EXPENSIVE?
No, we actually charge the same amount for a same-day crown as we do for the ones that we have to send out to the lab.
CAN I GET A ROOT CANAL AND A CROWN AT THE SAME APPOINTMENT?
Yes, you definitely can. It’s a bit of a longer procedure, but we can do both of those procedures at the office within the same appointment.
ARE CROWNS PAINFUL?
No, crowns aren’t painful at all. Some people may have some different thighs going on where they may experience sensitivities but we’re always really good at preparing you for what you’re going to be dealing with in terms of sensitivities potentially afterward.
CAN CEREC® CROWNS BE REMOVED?
Yes, they can definitely be removed, but if you’re removing this crown it is now destroyed so a new one would have to be remade.
CAN I EAT NORMALLY WITH CROWNS?
Yes, definitely! Often people report that they are eating better because if you are getting a crown in the first place, it is probably because something was broken down and not actually doing the job it could be potentially doing for you. So this new crown is building your bite to the proper anatomy and function that a tooth should actually have.
WHY DOES MY CROWN SMELL?
If you’re having that type of a symptom, there’s definitely something going on that shouldn’t be. The typical reason for that is because the crown is likely breaking down at the margin for some reason, most likely is that there’s a cavity forming in there. Or perhaps your crown has even started to get loose and bacteria is seeping underneath creating a bad smell so you should visit your dentist if you are noticing this.
WHY IS MY TOOTH BLACK UNDER MY CROWN?
If that has ever happened, please go see your dentist. If the tooth is black underneath, it could mean that there isn’t a proper seal and bacteria is getting in there creating a discoloration of the tooth. There is, however, another reason that this could possibly happen. Sometimes when a tooth has had a root canal, it’s discolored and has a greyish hue to it which actually isn’t a problem as it’s just a color change that’s happened to the tooth as a result of the trauma.