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Dental Crowns

Do I Need a Crown?

Dr. Picot may recommend a crown for a cracked, broken or decayed tooth. The crown, or cap, is a professionally-crafted cover for the damage. It also can prevent further decay of a tooth and ultimately save it from requiring a root canal or extraction. Crowns can also be used to treat teeth that have had root canal therapy.

Another instance in which a crown is needed is in conjunction with a bridge. A bridge will replace a missing tooth by suspending a false tooth between two natural teeth. The adjacent natural teeth are used as anchors for the bridge, and are prepared and capped with crowns that attach to the prosthetic.

CEREC Crowns

SouthEnd Dentistry uses the latest in dental technology to bring you fast, functional, and beautiful dental crowns. Using a 3D scanner, Dr. Picot is able to create a highly detailed 3D model of your teeth. That model is sent to the in-office milling unit, which creates the crown using a porcelain or ceramic compound. Once the crown is complete, Dr. Picot will install and refine your new tooth to feel as natural as possible. And that’s it! You can walk out with your new crown in just one day.

What Is The Dental Crown Procedure?

The CEREC dental crown procedure at SouthEnd Dentistry is relatively straightforward. First, Dr. Picot will begin by cleaning and numbing your mouth. Then, he will use specialized dental tools to remove any damaged enamel, then shape the tooth into a stable, sturdy platform onto which your crown will be placed.

After he has prepared your tooth, Dr. Picot will use a hand-held intraoral scanner to take a 3D image of your mouth. This 3D image will be uploaded to a CEREC computer, which will turn the image into a model of your crown. Dr. Picot will make adjustments, and then finalize the design.

Then, Dr. Picot will load a porcelain block into our CEREC milling machine, and the machine will automatically cut your crown into the proper size and shape. Once this process has been completed, Dr. Picot will check your crown to make sure that it fits properly, and bond it into place permanently.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

Mostly, this depends on how well you care for your new crown. In most cases, crowns will last at least 10-15 years, though they can last longer. To care for your crown, simply brush twice a day and floss regularly, and see Dr. Picot for a check-up every six months.

You should also avoid doing anything with your crown that would damage it. Your crown is just about as strong as a natural tooth, so anything that could break a tooth can also break a crown. Avoid chewing non-food objects (fingernails, pens, etc.) or extremely hard foods (ice, nuts, etc.) with your crowns. In addition, if you grind your teeth at night, it’s critical to get a nightguard to prevent premature wear and damage to your crown and your natural teeth.

How Are Dental Crowns Made?

At our office, we use CEREC technology to build custom dental crowns in just a single appointment. That means that instead of sending your information to a third-party dental lab, we can build your crown directly in our office.

The process of making a CEREC crown begins with a scan of your mouth. Then, this information is uploaded into a special CEREC software, where Dr. Picot can make adjustments and confirm the design of your crown.

The final step is to load a block of tooth-colored porcelain into our CEREC milling machine. This block will be chosen based on the color of your teeth so that it matches the rest of your smile perfectly once it is placed. Then, the machine follows the instructions provided by Dr. Picot and automatically cuts the crown into the proper shape and size.

Are Dental Crowns Expensive?

The price of a dental crown at SouthEnd Dentistry can vary depending on the location of your damaged tooth, your oral health, and a few other factors. However, crowns are affordable and are typically covered by most dental insurance plans. If you would like an estimate for the cost of your dental crown, contact the team at SouthEnd Dentistry for a consultation with Dr. Picot today.

Crowns in a Day?


3D scanning and in-office fabrication technologies have made it possible to create and place crowns in a single day.

Crowns in a Day?


3D scanning and in-office fabrication technologies have made it possible to create and place crowns in a single day.

Why Is It Important?

Every time you visit us, we learn a little bit more about your smile, and give you the latest recommendations for maintaining your oral health. If we spot any issues such as irregular tooth alignment or buildup associated with cavity formation, we’ll do our best to recommend the most effective preemptive measures. The most severe and painful circumstances are often easily resolved when caught early enough, so make sure you make the time to fit Dr. Picot into your schedule.

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