If you have a damaged, broken, or decayed tooth, you may need a dental crown, or “cap.” Crowns are a special type of restoration that’s placed over a compromised tooth to protect and strengthen it. However, traditional dental crowns can take at least a couple of weeks to be fabricated and fitted, often requiring at least two separate appointments. But with CEREC same-day crowns at Altrock Fabb Dental in San Diego, you can get a new crown in just one visit!
What is a CEREC Same Day Crown?
CEREC (which stands for “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics”) is a cutting-edge technology that allows our dentist to design, create, and place permanent dental crowns in just one visit. Made of durable ceramic materials, CEREC crowns are custom-designed to fit perfectly over your prepared tooth. This means that you can leave your appointment with a fully functional and aesthetically pleasing restoration on the same day.
What are the Benefits of CEREC Crowns?
CEREC same-day crowns offer numerous benefits over traditional dental crowns, including:
Time-saving: With CEREC technology, you can get a new dental crown in one visit, rather than having to wait weeks for a laboratory to fabricate the crown.
Accurate fit: CEREC same-day crowns are designed using digital technology, which allows for a precise and accurate fit that is tailored to your unique tooth structure.
Attractive: CEREC crowns are made of ceramic materials designed to match the color and texture of your natural teeth, providing a seamless and natural-looking result.
Improved comfort: Since CEREC same-day crowns are fabricated and placed in just one visit, you can avoid the inconvenience of multiple appointments and temporary crowns.
Getting CEREC Same-Day Crowns
If you have been considering a CEREC same-day crown, the appointment is easy. First, we will numb and prepare your tooth by removing any decay or damaged structures, then shape it to ensure a proper fit for the CEREC crown.
Next, we will take digital impressions of your tooth using a special 3D scanner. These virtual impressions are used to design your custom CEREC crown using advanced computer-aided design (CAD) technology. Once the CEREC crown design is complete, the specifications are sent to our onsite milling machine, which fabricates the crown from a block of ceramic material in just a few moments.
After the CEREC crown is fabricated, we will carefully place it over your prepared tooth, ensuring a precise fit and proper alignment with your bite. When the crown is in place, our dentist will make any final adjustments to ensure that it fits comfortably and looks natural.
Caring for CEREC Dental Crowns
After your crown is placed, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, to prevent plaque buildup and decay around the crown. To avoid damaging the seal or materials, it’s also a good idea to avoid hard or sticky foods. Regular dental checkups are also important. With proper care, CEREC crowns can last for many years, providing a strong and functional restoration for your teeth.
Am I a Candidate for CEREC Dental Crowns?
Same-day crowns offer convenience and efficiency, but traditional crowns may be more suitable for complex cases. Especially if we’re treating a front tooth that has unique color or physical characteristics that may stand out if it doesn’t match the adjacent teeth. Ultimately, the decision between CEREC crowns vs. traditional crowns will depend on a patient’s unique needs and preferences, as well as our dentist’s recommendations. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of each option with you, so that you can make an educated decision about choosing between a traditional vs. same-day dental crown.
Schedule Your Consultation
At Altrock Fabb Dental in San Diego, our experienced team is dedicated to providing our patients with the latest in dental technology and techniques. We offer CEREC same-day crowns as part of our comprehensive range of restorative and cosmetic dental services. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and learn more about how CEREC technology can benefit you!