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What is a dental crown ( cap ) ?
A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that can not be restored with fillings or any other type of restoration. Porcelain fused-to-metal crowns (tooth colored crowns) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. They are highly durable and will last many years. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
What does getting a crown ( cap ) involve ?
The crown procedure requires two appointments. At the first appointment Dr. Herget will prepare the tooth by removing any decay. Next, he will shape the outside surfaces to accept a properly fitting crown. Dr. Herget will take highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create a custom model of your teeth and bite. Once this is completed, a temporary crown will be cemented onto the shaped tooth with temporary cement.
At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate. Once this is confirmed, a permanent cement will be used to glue on your new beautiful porcelain crown.
Crowns can also be made to fit over dental implants. In this case there is no anesthetic (shots) or drilling involved ! Dr. Herget just needs to take impressions. Next, the professional dental lab will make a custom implant post & the custom implant crown (usually in less than 1 week). At your 2nd appointment, Dr. Herget removes the healing cap from the implant which was placed by the surgeon, screws in the post, and cements the crown over the post. Again no drilling - no shots !!
Why does it take 2 appointments?
I heard there are 1 appointment crowns.
Yes, there are dentists promoting a new procedure called the 1 appointment CEREC all porcelain crown. BE CAREFUL !
The gimmick they use to sell these crowns is that they can make a permanent crown from start to finish all in 1 appointment. What the public does not know is how the crown is made and the the financial pressure these dentist are under to "Sell" the public this type of crown. It costs a dentist well over $100,000 to purchase the CEREC equipment for their office. Due to this large amount of investment, very few dentists have the ability to purchase the equipment outright - so they finance the purchase. Just to make the payment on the loan, they need to "Sell" 45-60 of these CEREC crowns every month or they lose money. Selling anything expensive is not easy, so the dentists and entire staff are thoroughly trained by the CEREC company what to say to get the public to purchase these 1 appointment crowns. The more anxious a patient is of having dental work, the more likely they are to pay big bucks for a 1 appointment crown - if they only knew what they are buying.
Use common sense - how could a quality crown be made in a few hours, when professional dental labs take a few days to make a quality crown. It can not be done. These 1 appointment dentists will tell patients how this new technology milling machine will make their crown without the need to take a mold. Then they tell you instead of taking molds, a wand will take a digital imprint of the teeth instead. At this time the technology of milling a permanent porcelain crown from a solid cube of material has its limits so be careful. Dr. Herget has replaced over 100 of these crowns over the last few years due to poor fits, decay starting around the crown due to open margins, and poor bonding.
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Dental Crowns. This website is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for Dental or Medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The information on this website does not create a patient-dentist relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment. By visiting this site you agree to all its terms and conditions, which may from time to time be changed or supplemented by Dr. James J. Herget listed in the Disclaimer. If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, you should not enter this site. Dr. James J. Herget is a proud member of the American Dental Association, Wisconsin Dental Association, and the Dodge/Columbia/Marquette Counties Dental Association. Dr. Herget attended Marquette University in Milwaukee WI. He graduated in 1988 and immediately moved to Mayville WI where he has been practicing Family Dentistry for 25+ years. Dr. James J. Herget performs many dental services, such as : Dental Fillings, Dental Crowns, Dental Bridges, Dental Implant Reconstruction, Dental Cleanings and Dental sealants ( performed by a licensed Dental Hygienist ), metal free, flexible, partial dentures ( no full dentures ), root canal treatment ( incisors and bicuspids ), basic extractions, and only uses “low-radiation” digital x-rays. If you are looking for quality, family, reasonably priced dentistry : Dr. James J. Herget is your dentist of choice ! If you are a Facebook user we would love to have you as a Friend or just LIKE our page. Crowns and Caps. Affordable Mayville WI dentist.