2-Hour Dental Crowns
Have a stronger, healthier smile in as little as two hours.
At Maine Dentistry, placing a crown is a simple, painless, fast process that can take as little as two hours. During your consultation, Dr. Lawlor may find that he is able to have your crown created and delivered that very day.
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A dental crown is a ‘cap’ shaped like a tooth that is made out of porcelain. It strengthens or repairs a decayed or broken tooth to restore normal appearance and function. Crowns can be customized to each person’s needs. This prevents the unnecessary removal of healthy tooth structure and results in a stronger and longer-lasting tooth. They’re usually necessary for teeth that require very large fillings, fractured teeth, teeth worn down due to grinding, teeth that have undergone a root canal, and misshapen or discolored teeth.
The process for inserting a crown can take as little as two hours. During your first visit, we will examine your tooth to determine the most conservative and appropriate restoration. If your tooth is broken down substantially, we may need a custom porcelain crown to keep your bite from changing and to help the tooth stand up to your chewing. After we remove the bad parts of the tooth, we take a 3D scan so we can design a custom crown to replace the missing parts of your tooth. This advanced method preserves as much of your natural tooth as possible and results in a much stronger tooth.
With our 3D scan, we can design your crown on our computers and then send the 3D file to our in-house milling unit, which cuts your crown out of a solid block of porcelain. Next, the crown is fitted for accuracy and fired in the furnace for strength. Lastly, it is adhered to your tooth permanently with cutting edge adhesives and cements. Through the use of these adhesives and desensitizing gels, we are able to greatly reduce the amount of pain and sensitivity.
Proper at-home care will assist in helping your crowns last as long as possible—which can range anywhere from 10 to 15 years or longer. The most common reason a crown fails is that it gets decay or a cavity around the bottom of the porcelain. Excellent oral hygiene through brushing twice daily, flossing daily (especially around the crown area where your gums meet the tooth), and rinsing at least once a day with an antiseptic mouthwash is the best way to help the crown last a lifetime.