Everything You Should Know About Same-Day Dental Crowns

Everything You Should Know About Same-Day Dental Crowns

There’s nothing worse than waiting, especially if you’re experiencing pain and discomfort. You wouldn’t wait a few weeks to place a cast on a broken arm, so why has the dental crown process always required multiple dentist appointments and a waiting period of days or even weeks? 

If you’re suffering from the pain, discomfort, and embarrassment of a damaged tooth, you want (and deserve!) a solution immediately. Slow technology shouldn’t stop you from getting the same day restoration you need for your damaged tooth. 

This is exactly why Fifth Avenue Dental Arts is proud to offer custom same-day CEREC dental crowns. It’s finally possible to receive the durable tooth restoration you need in a single office visit. Here’s everything you need to know to take advantage of the CEREC same-day dental crowns. 

Why Are Dental Crowns Used?

A dental crown is an important type of dental restoration. Each crown is a specially designed “cap” that mimics the exact size and structure of your tooth. It’s used to cover a damaged tooth and restore the tooth’s shape, size, strength, and appearance. 

Like so many other dental solutions, crowns can be constructed from many different materials, including metal, resin, and ceramic. Each material offers unique benefits. 

Some patients prefer metal crowns since they’re strong and long-lasting, but due to their unsightly appearance, mental crowns are usually reserved for out-of-sight molars. Resin crowns tooth-colored and affordable, but they don’t offer the durability of metal crowns. 

This leaves one alternative that offers a win-win for all patients: ceramic crowns. Ceramic crowns boast translucent porcelain that reflect light and look almost exactly like natural teeth. They’re also comfortable, durable, and resistant to breakage.

Do You Need a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns serve a very important restorative purpose by reinforcing and protecting damaged teeth. If you can relate to any of the following, a crown may be the best solution to prevent future complications:

  • Tooth restoration after a root canal
  • Cover and enhance unattractive teeth
  • Reinforce a tooth with a large filling
  • Protect a weak tooth from future damage
  • Cover a dental implant

By placing an extra layer of protection and support over vulnerable teeth, dental crowns offer an effective way to maintain your healthy smile and keep all of your teeth intact. 

The Traditional (Long!) Dental Crown Procedure

The traditional dental crown process requires two separate office visits. During the first appointment, your dentist takes impressions of the affected tooth. These impressions are sent to a separate lab for the creation of your permanent crown. You also receive a temporary crown during this first appointment in order to protect your tooth until the permanent crown is ready. 

Your next appointment isn’t scheduled until your final crown is manufactured and ready for placement.  The permanent crown is affixed to your tooth with a strong adhesive to keep it firmly in place.  

CEREC same-day dental crowns revolutionize this traditional method with cutting edge technology that completes the entire dental crown procedure in just one office visit.

CEREC Same-Day Dental Crowns: The Difference

Chairside Economic Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC) crowns serve the same purpose as traditional crowns: to repair and restore damaged or weakened teeth. The difference occurs in how CEREC crowns achieve that goal. 

The CEREC procedure uses computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to perform the entire dental crown process in one office appointment. 

Here’s what the process looks like when you receive  CEREC same-day dental crowns at Fifth Avenue Dental Arts in Downtown San Diego, CA: 

  • An intraoral scanner takes pictures of your teeth to create a digital impression
  • The impression moves to the CAD/CAM software machine, which creates a digital tooth restoration
  • A CEREC milling machine that mills the new crown from a block of ceramic in less than 15 minutes
  • Dr. Ghassemi or Dr. Mojaver polishes, prepares, and places the crown onto your affected tooth

This process is far more simple and efficient than the normal process of taking messy impressions and waiting for a separate lab to return the final crown for placement. 

Why Choose CEREC Same-Day Dental Crowns?

You may be more familiar with the traditional method of receiving dental crowns, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best option for your overall dental health. CEREC same-day dental crowns offer unique benefits that make it easier to protect your mouth and regain confidence in your smile.

First, CEREC same-day dental crowns are quicker than ever before! Tooth restoration occurs in as little as one hour! There’s no need for pesky temporary restorations or follow-up appointments. 

Second, CEREC technology guarantees that your crown is precisely customized to your tooth. This preserves as much of your natural enamel as possible, with less pain and tenderness after your appointment. 

Of course, CEREC crowns are attractive and blend right in with your teeth, so nobody will even know that you have a crown at all. You can apply a CEREC crown to any tooth, including teeth that are highly visible, without any aesthetic concerns. 

Overall, CEREC same day dental crowns create beautiful and customized restorations that last decades. Gone are the days of taking messy impressions and dealing with temporary restorations before your final crown fitting. 

Schedule your appointment for same-day dental crowns with Dr. Ghassemi, Dr. Mojaver, and the team at Fifth Avenue Dental Arts in Downtown San Diego, California. 

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