CEREC® Same-Day Crowns
What is a crown?
A crown is a dental restoration that encapsulates the entire visible portion of a damaged or weakened tooth, mimicking a natural crown. Crowns are used in a variety of different applications, such as holding a cracked tooth together and protecting it from further harm, providing strength to a weak tooth, or to protect a tooth that has undergone a root canal. They can also be used for cosmetic fixes, such as misshapen teeth or teeth that are severely discolored. Crowns can be made from a variety of different materials—gold, porcelain fused to metal, resin—but the most commonly used material is ceramic.
How are crowns traditionally placed?
No matter which material is used for your crown, the traditional process is the same. First, your tooth is prepared, which involves trimming or shaving down the tooth. This is done to provide sufficient space for the crown to fit over the tooth both comfortably and naturally. An impression is taken of the area. If you have opted for a ceramic crown, a color guide is used to match the rest of your teeth. Both the mold and the color information is sent to the lab, where the crown is created. You are provided with a temporary crown while you wait. It can take up to two weeks for your crown, after which you return to the office and the crown is cemented in place.
Same Day Crowns With CEREC®
With CEREC® same day crowns, that second visit is eliminated. CEREC®, or Chairside Economic Restorations of Esthetic Ceramics, utilizes ceramic to provide you with a beautiful, natural looking crown while you wait. Along with a natural appearance, ceramic offers a few additional benefits. It is a perfect option for those with metal allergies, and it is compatible with your gums, which can form around it just as they do with your natural teeth.
CEREC® uses CAD/CAM (computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing) technology to take impressions and fabricate a custom crown right on the spot. Rather than a traditional impression, CEREC® takes an optical impression, which it uses to design your crown. In doing so, the needs for a temporary crown, a lengthy wait for your permanent crown, and a second visit are eliminated entirely, which saves you valuable time in your busy schedule.
When you have a tooth that needs strengthening, you shouldn’t have to wait two weeks after the issue is resolved for a permanent restoration. With CEREC® same day crowns, we can provide you with your restoration shortly after the tooth is prepared. Call Tuttle Crossing Dental Group at (614) 973-6585 today for more information.