While your teeth are strong, they can still be faced with serious issues such as damage and decay. These issues, when left untreated, can lead to more significant complications. Damaged and decayed teeth are weaker, and at risk for further damage such as splitting or shattering. They are also at risk for developing painful, dangerous, infections. Crowns are a common treatment for restoring damaged teeth, preventing the need for tooth extractions and replacement. Typically, getting a crown requires two separate appointments. At State Street Dental, we can eliminate the need for an additional appointment with CEREC same day crowns.
Restoring Damaged Teeth with CrownsA crown is a restoration that is used to treat damaged or decayed teeth. It resembles a cap that is made to cover the entire visible surface area of the affected tooth. Once it’s place, it provides the tooth with protection against further damage and infections, while also restoring its strength and enabling it to function normally. Crowns can be made from many different materials, including metal and ceramic. Ceramic is the most popular option, as the material blends in perfectly with your natural teeth, providing a seamless restoration to your smile while also providing the damaged tooth with the protection it needs.
Traditional Crown PlacementThe traditional process for placing crowns, regardless of the material used, requires two separate appointments. At the first appointment, the tooth is prepared. This process involves removing a portion of the enamel from the affected tooth, reducing it in size. Next, an impression of your mouth is taken. A temporary crown is set into place and the impression is sent to a dental lab. The temporary crown remains in place until the lab finishes creating the crown. Once the final restoration is completed and returned, it is checked for fit and bite before being secured into place.
The CEREC DifferenceCEREC crowns provide perfectly natural-looking ceramic crowns in a single appointment. This completely eliminates the need for an additional appointment and a temporary crown. The process begins the same. We first prepare the tooth. Next, we take a digital impression of your mouth. This impression is then displayed on a computer monitor. With the help of specialized software, we custom design a ceramic crown that will fit perfectly in your mouth. We can also customize color so that the crown will match the color of the rest of your teeth.
Once we have finished the design phase, the information is sent to our in-house milling unit. A ceramic block is placed into the machine. The machine follows your impression, cutting out your custom crown. Once the crown has been created, it is colored and polished. After it has been completed, the crown is checked for fit and bite. If any adjustments are needed, they can be done quickly. When you are satisfied with the fit and appearance of your crown, we bond it place and you leave your appointment with your final crown.
CEREC same day crowns allow you to restore damaged teeth in a single appointment, eliminating the need for a temporary crown and an additional appointment. At the same time, this process also greatly reduces your risk for infections and other complications that might arise due to the temporary restoration. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call State Street Dental today at (971) 332-3020.