Same Day Dental Crowns

Crowns will help your smile strengthen

Do you wish to restore you smile permanently with just one dental visit? Getting a dental crown, while not as frightening as getting a root canal, has always been a big deal and a hassle in the minds of many patients. While it sounds like the procedure is relatively simple–the truth is, it takes time. This means time at the office–time at the lab–and then, several visits that the patient must commute to, before everything is completed.

Yet, in this modern world, time is a resource we do not have enough of. Thanks to the advances of image-generation technology, same day crowns are not only possible, they have taken the dentistry world by storm. Same day crowns specialist, Dr. Salami, has performed dozens of these procedures in her San Diego dental office. Below, she explains dental crowns in general, as well as the benefits of same day dental crowns.

When are Dental Crowns Necessary?

Dental crowns are like caps that are placed on top of the visible portions of existing teeth. The teeth that require this kind of protective encasement are usually compromised in some way and need extra support, protection, or length/shape. Some applications of dental crowns are:

  • If a tooth is worn down by tooth grinding or breaking off, a crown provides more length.
  • When a tooth is discolored beyond what whitening can fix, or has an odd shape–a crown can still give you a Hollywood smile.
  • When a tooth is cracked, broken, or decayed–a crown can hold together what is left while providing an attractive dental structure.
  • Crowns can cover dental implants and anchor dental bridges.
  • Protect teeth with big dental fillings from further damage
  • And many more…

How Quickly Can I Get a Dental Crown?

The usual procedure of getting a dental crown requires the patient to make a preliminary appointment, during which the dentist inspects the teeth, making note of the ones requiring dental crowns. X-rays are often ordered. Then a mold is created of the teeth, which is sent to a lab, where professional lab technicians create the crowns. This can take up to two whole weeks.

In the meantime, the patient is fitted with temporary dental crowns. When the permanent dental crowns are completed, the patient must come back to the dental office. At that second appointment, the dentist finally installs the custom-made dental crowns.

Same Day Crowns vs Traditional Crowns

  • Same day crowns  (also called CEREC same day crowns) allow you to get your dental crowns in one day. No temporary crowns, no two week waiting time. One office visit and you are done.
  • Sophisticated imaging equipment is used to generate the shape of your same day crowns. With traditional crowns, a dental exam, an X-ray, and a special material that captures the shape of your teeth in a mold were the gold standard for helping determine the shape of the new crown.
  • Same day dental crowns will encourage busy professionals, moms with no extra time, and those who have dental anxiety to get more accurate, much needed dental support than traditional crowns–all because of the efficiency of this procedure.

Benefits of Same Day Crowns

Besides the time-saving aspect of same day crowns, there are a myriad of advantages in getting this treatment.

  • CEREC same day crowns rely on 3D computer imaging software that precisely shows the teeth that need crowns better than a two-dimensional X-ray can.
  • Same day crowns are shaped and milled according to these very accurate images. Traditional dental impressions are more prone to errors, as they depend on the material, technique, and other variables.
  • Same day dental crowns replicate the natural coloring of your real teeth. CEREC crowns are made from porcelain, that will perfectly match the shade of your natural teeth. Regular crowns are most often made with steel, gold, or porcelain-metal alloys that run the risk of looking dark at the gumline, never quite replicating true teeth.

Same day crowns are usually bonded to the enamel of the old teeth, not to the dentin. This means that more of your natural tooth is preserved.

Your amazing smile is only a phone call away.

To learn even more about CEREC same day crowns, particularly the technology used, the details of our in-office CEREC installation, and other aspects of the procedure, please read this. Dr. Pegah Salami and Serenity Dental Group are dedicated to making same day crowns available to everyone who requires this special treatment. Please call the office to make an appointment or ask a question today.

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