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.
The CEREC Process
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 the prepared dental structures. The digital impression is immediately viewable on our chairside computer monitor to help us design your final restoration. The impression and our design will be fed to the CEREC milling unit where work on your custom restoration can begin.
As you wait in our office, the CEREC unit will begin milling your restoration from a block of durable, natural looking porcelain. When it's complete, we'll make sure your crown has been properly crafted before cementing it into place over your existing tooth.
Benefits of CEREC Same Day Dentistry
Every patient at Thornton Dental Wellness in Marietta will receive a treatment plan personalized to meet their unique needs. If we determine CEREC same day restorations are the best option to repair your smile, you will experience numerous benefits including:
- Complete restoration in a single visit. Simply visit our office with a damaged tooth and leave with a flawless smile.
- No need to place and remove temporaries, so you will not need to worry about potential damage to the remaining tooth structure.
- We can quickly and easily make adjustments to ensure patients’ restorations are completely flawless every time.
- The entire process is digital, so you won’t have to receive goopy, uncomfortable bite impressions and the potential for manual error is almost entirely removed.
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 will help you understand your specific needs and the right course of action for addressing them.