Same Day Dental Crowns
In the past, getting a crown involved at least two visits to the dentist. However, thanks to significant advances in technology, we have the ability to provide our patients with same day dental crowns, also known as a dental cap. They are made with the help of Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC), which allows us to create a custom crown right in our office during your appointment. You’ll come in needing a crown and you’ll leave with a crown successfully cemented in your mouth. The entire process is customized for you and saves you a second or third trip to the dentist.
How does CEREC work?
First, your dentist will examine your teeth to determine what type of restoration is best for you. After tooth preparation is completed, an optical impression of your teeth is taken using a special 3D camera. The image is then transferred to the computer where your crown is designed using a computer-aided design (CAD). The technology creates the most precise restoration available today. Next, the specifications are sent via computer to our in-office milling machine. In just 20 minutes, this state-of-the-art machine fabricates your custom, color-matched restoration. Finally, your crown is fitted, polished, and bonded into place. The entire process takes approximately 2 hours.
Who needs same day dental crowns?
Bridges and crowns are great solutions to many dental problems caused by diseases, accidents, and normal wear. Most of the time, major dental issues can be corrected using one of these techniques. When accidental damage results in lost teeth, or when excessive wear gives way to broken teeth, crowns and bridges can be a long-term solution. The material used is either high-grade porcelain alone or porcelain bonded resin.