If you’re in need of a dental crown, you may be considering what options there are to choose from. Traditional dental crowns usually require multiple appointments, sometimes even messy impressions, and at least a two-week long wait time. But with CEREC same day crowns, you can get a high-quality crown in just one appointment at Eastport Dental in Mesa, AZ.
Sometimes called “caps,” crowns provide an important role for teeth with significant structural damage. Placing a same day CEREC crown provides immediate reinforcement for weak, damaged teeth, helping protect them before additional wear occurs.
Same Day vs. Traditional Dental Crowns
Traditional dental crowns usually take a couple of weeks to fabricate and require multiple appointments to complete. That’s because they’re made in an off-site lab from a physical model of your teeth. Once it’s ready, the crown is shipped back to the dentist’s office and then bonded to your tooth at a follow-up appointment.
With CEREC same day crowns, the entire process is completed in just one appointment. Nothing is shipped off-site, and everything is created in house on the same day. This eliminates the multi-visit process, so there’s no need to wear a temporary crown while you wait.
How Are Same Day Crowns Made?
CEREC same day crowns are made using advanced digital CBCT 3D technology. Once your tooth is prepped, we use a small camera is used to take a digital impression of your teeth, which is then used to create a 3D image of your mouth in our software. No messy impressions are needed, making this the perfect choice for anyone with a sensitive gag reflex.
Next, your digital image is used to design and fabricate your custom crown. Dr. Huynh will select a block of ceramic that matches your teeth, then place it into the milling machine. From there, your crown is carved from the block of porcelain while you wait or catch up on other dental work. Once it’s ready, your crown is bonded to your tooth at the same appointment.
What Do Same Day Crowns Look Like?
CEREC same day crowns are made from high-quality dental materials and are designed to match the color and shape of your natural teeth. Each one is carved from a solid block of ceramic material. Since the ceramics come in a variety of shades, Dr. Huynh can select the one that best matches your natural smile.
Same day crowns look and feel like your natural teeth, providing you with a beautiful, functional, and long-lasting solution. Whenever you smile, no one should be able to tell the difference between your ceramic crown and other teeth. Additionally, there’s no visible metal that is used during the crown manufacturing process, so CEREC offers amazing aesthetic results.
What to Expect if You’re Getting a CEREC Crown
If you’re getting a CEREC crown, you can expect a simple and straightforward process. There’s no need to take off from work for additional appointments. During your visit, Dr. Huynh will numb your tooth and prep it so that the crown will fit over it properly. Any cracked or decayed tooth structures are removed during the process. Next, we will take a digital “impression” or scan of your teeth, which will be used to design and fabricate your custom crown.
While the crown is being milled in our machine, you can choose to complete any other necessary treatments. Or simply sit back, relax, and listen to some music or read a book while you wait. Once it’s ready, the crown will then be bonded to your tooth using a special permanent cement-like material. At this point, the entire process is complete, so you can leave the office with a beautiful and functional new crown.
Caring for your CEREC crown is the same as any other type of dental crown. Dr. Huynh recommends brushing gently along the gumlines and flossing around your crown daily. Although the crown cannot decay, it’s important to keep the margins around it clean to prevent any recurring infections around your restoration.
Need a Crown? Call Our Mesa Dentist
If you’re in need of a new dental crown, consider the benefits of CEREC same day crowns at Eastport Dental in Mesa, AZ. Dr. Huynh is a skilled and experienced dentist who has helped many patients achieve optimal oral health with state-of-the-art CEREC same day “caps.” Call our office today to schedule your next consultation and take the first step towards a beautiful and healthy smile! Financing plans are available.