You visit the dentist and you hear the news — you’ve got a severely decayed or damaged tooth that needs a dental crown, bridge, or inlay/onlay. Your heart sinks. Don’t these restorations take multiple visits to the dentist’s office? Not with CEREC technology, which allows your dentist to handle the entire procedure under just one roof, all in one appointment. Same day crowns are possible with CEREC at Thornton Dental Wellness.
What Is a Same Day Crown?
Traditionally, the treatment for a dental crown takes two or more visits to the dentist’s office, with weeks of waiting and the use of a temporary device in between. A dental crown completed with CEREC, however, is ready for placement in less than an hour following tooth preparation. CEREC stands for CERamic REConstruction. With this method, CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) allows your dentist to prepare for, create, and place your dental crown in just one appointment.
What Are the Benefits of CEREC Technology?
The advantages of one-day dentistry are significant.
- Less time spent away from work and life
- Saved sick time and vacation days
- Digital imagery eliminates the need for traditional impressions, which may induce gagging
- Improved accuracy with 3D imagery aids in better treatment planning
- CEREC uses highly-customizable, natural-looking ceramic
- No need for a temporary dental crown, which is prone to breaks and other damage
Is CEREC Dentistry Right for Me?
If you’re in need of restorative dentistry and would love to have it completed as quickly as possible, you’re likely an excellent candidate for a same day crown. Dr. Thornton will evaluate the state of your tooth and determine whether or not you may benefit from CEREC dentistry.
Dental crowns can correct a number of dental imperfections affecting the form and function of a tooth. Some of the most common issues that are attended to with one day crowns include:
- Broken teeth
- Worn teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Severely decayed teeth
- Single tooth replacement
- Discolored or stained teeth
Caring for Your CEREC Restoration
Once you’ve had your CEREC crown or other restoration placed, maintaining its health isn’t so different from caring for the rest of your teeth. Keep the surrounding teeth and gums healthy by brushing for two minutes, twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting your dentist as recommended for preventive dental care.
When was your last visit to Thornton Dental Wellness? If it’s been more than six months, it’s time for you to schedule a visit with Dr. Thornton. We are pleased to provide exceptional dental care, including cosmetic dentistry, for families and individuals in our area. Request your appointment today!