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Same Day Crowns with CEREC in Marietta

A crown is a special tooth-shaped dental restoration that's placed over an existing tooth to improve both its stability and appearance. This form of treatment may be necessary in the face of a large cavity or an injury that has threatened the tooth's ongoing health. Crowns are typically bonded to the patient's tooth with dental cement allowing them to enjoy years of improved protection and good health.

Treatment with Traditional Crowns vs. Treatment with CEREC Crowns

In the past, restoring a tooth with a custom-made crown required at least two or sometimes three dental visits. In the first visit, the dentist would prepare the patient's tooth and begin designing their new restoration. Between visits, the patient would wear a temporary crown over their tooth while a dental lab created their permanent restoration. 

When the patient's crown was finally complete, they would return to their dentist to have their temporary removed and their permanent one placed. If the patient's temporary happened to break or fall off before the permanent crown was complete, an unplanned emergency visit might be necessary to reattach the temporary or to put on a new one.

Now compare this with the process involved with a CEREC crown. The basic steps are the same, but treatment with a CEREC crown takes much less time to complete. 

How much less?

Instead of requiring at least two office visits, a CEREC restoration can be designed, milled, and placed over the course of just a single visit. 

At the beginning of your appointment, Dr. Thornton will prepare your tooth and take a digital impression of it. This digital impression will help us design your final restoration and will be fed to the CEREC computer so work on your tooth can begin. 

As you wait in our office, CEREC will begin milling your restoration from a block of durable porcelain. When it's complete, we'll make sure your crown has been properly crafted before cementing it into place over your existing tooth.

Would you like to learn more about CEREC crowns and how they're revolutionizing restorative dentistry? We would love to answer your questions. Call our Marietta, GA dental office to speak with a friendly member of our team. In addition to answering your questions, we help you understand your specific needs and the right course of action for addressing them.