All About Same-Day Crowns

Posted by Dr. Doan on Jan 18 2021, 11:44 PM

Dental crowns are one of the most widely used ceramic restorations. They are cap-like structures that entirely cover a tooth and keep it from undergoing damage. Crowns can be used to restore oral conditions such as weak, worn out, chipped, broken, cracked, or severely decayed teeth to their ideal contour, aesthetics, and functionality. Thanks to the advancements in dentistry, the process of fabricating crowns can be completed in a single visit to the dental practice.

The hassle with conventional crowns

Dental crowns are most often made using the conventional method. In this process, the dentist will ask you to bite into a gooey substance, which is used to take an impression of the tooth. This process can be quite annoying for a few patients, and in some instances, it can even make them gag. More importantly, the impression of the tooth wouldn’t be accurate, and its shape could vary largely. Once the impression is taken, it may take a couple of weeks for the crown to be fabricated in a dental laboratory. During this period, the dentist will ask you to use a temporary restoration to protect the prepared tooth surface, which would usually be ill-fitting and sometimes fall off. All these drawbacks can be averted when you choose CEREC crowns.

What are CEREC crowns?

CEREC or Chairside Economical Restoration using Esthetic Ceramic is an advanced means of fabricating ceramic dental restorations. The set up would be present in a dental practice, allowing the dentist to make the crowns in a matter of a few minutes. The procedure is backed by a highly-precise technology of CAD/CAM, which will enable it to produce perfectly fitting and aesthetically pleasing restorations.

What are the advantages of CEREC?

  • CEREC restorations are highly precise in terms of contour, size, and fit. The dentist would hardly have to make any changes to their shape after retrieving them from the CAM machine.
  • Since they are made from dental-grade ceramic, their aesthetics can be customized as required to mimic the exact appearance of the adjoining natural teeth. This allows you to keep them under disguise.
  • The entire procedure can be completed in a single visit to the dentist’s practice.
  • The process of scanning the teeth is done using a digital hand-held scanning tool. It provides excellent results and makes the process hassle-free and comfortable for the patient. There is no need to bite into a gooey mass, which is quite a relief.
  • The restorations are of amazing quality. Their durability and longevity would be better than conventional crowns.
  • Patients will not have to use a temporary restoration while the permanent one is being fabricated.

What is the procedure involved?

The dentist will visually screen your mouth and take x-rays to determine the severity of your oral condition. This data will help us decide your candidacy for CEREC crowns. We will scan the teeth using a digital device, and the images captured through it will be displayed on a computer screen. The dentist can get unlimited views of the teeth using this, and the data will be shared with a Computer Aided Milling (CAM) machine.

The machine starts milling the restoration from a small block of dental-grade ceramic, which would take a few minutes. The dentist then retrieves the crown, makes subtle changes to it, and bonds it to your tooth using dental adhesives. A bite test will be taken, and the crown is polished to improve its aesthetics.


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