CEREC same-day crowns are a great way to have a permanent restoration placed without needing to come in for multiple appointments. Same-day crowns are just as durable as lab-made restorations, but they eliminate the need for a second visit. Crowns are essential for covering teeth that have become damaged or compromised. Your crown will last for many years before replacement is necessary.
The reason you might need a crown is because a tooth has cracked, fractured or broken. You might even have a tooth that has a large, old filling in it that needs to be replaced. Patients who have recently undergone a root canal will benefit from a crown because the root canaled tooth is more susceptible to breaking. Crowns are used to cover a compromised tooth to restore it to its original shape and size.
Most patients are good candidates for same-day CEREC crowns. We will examine your teeth to determine if a crown is necessary and if it is, it is recommended that it be placed as soon as possible. This prevents further damage to the tooth, which could lead to the need for an extraction. If you have recently had a root canal performed, it is important that you have a crown placed before the tooth breaks or cracks.
We begin by numbing the area of your mouth receiving the crown. This is done by using a safe local anesthetic. We then file down the tooth to make room for the new crown. We take digital impressions of your teeth and surrounding gum tissue. These digital impressions are put into our CEREC machine. The machine creates a permanent dental crown for you while you wait in the office. The crown is then placed, adjusted to improve its fit and you'll be ready to go. CEREC crowns are more convenient and just as long-lasting as typical restorations.