Any tooth that’s experienced trauma or severe tooth decay may be restored with a custom-made crown. Traditionally, a dental crown takes a minimum of two appointments scheduled a few weeks apart. However, digital dentistry technology provides a practical solution that allows dentists to create a custom-designed ceramic crown in a single day.
Crowns are dental restorations that cover the exposed part of a natural tooth and replace the enamel. They serve to restore the tooth's size, shape, and strength while enhancing its overall appearance.
Patients may require this treatment for various reasons, including:
Some dental crown materials create a natural-looking appearance while providing strength against heavy forces.
Like a traditional crown, a same-day crown requires the dentist to shape the tooth and remove decay. The new crown is created using an organic-looking material that resembles the tooth’s natural color. Same-day crowns eliminate the need for a temporary crown because the final restoration is fabricated in the dental office using CAD/CAM technology.
Crestview Family Dental in Santa Clara, CA, uses Chairside Economical Restoration Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC) technology. This requires the use of an infrared camera to capture the unique details of your mouth. The camera sends the pictures to the computer, and Dr. Bindra uses the resulting images to design the crown.
After the crown has been designed, it’s sent to the mill. Approximately 20 minutes later, the new tooth is ready. The crown must be polished and glazed before it's bonded to your natural tooth. Dr. Bindra will test the fit and make necessary adjustments before permanently cementing it into your mouth.
The materials used to create a CEREC crown are highly durable, making them less likely to develop defects and cracks when compared to other types of dental restorations. With the proper care, your new tooth could last up to 15 years.
Aside from requiring only a single appointment, same-day crowns offer many advantages to patients, including:
A custom same-day dental crown can help restore the form and function of your teeth. Make sure you protect your investment by establishing proper home oral hygiene habits and scheduling routine preventative care.
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