CEREC Same Day Crowns
Serving Lakeview, West End, Metairie & Bucktown
Dental restorations are important for treating damaged or decayed teeth. These treatments help us to protect teeth that have suffered serious issues, restoring their health and their normal functions. A common restoration for teeth affected by more significant damage is a crown. While effective, the fact that crowns typically take two appointments can be problematic. At Canatella Dental, we can provide ceramic crowns in just one appointment with CEREC.
The Issue with Two Appointments
The standard crown procedure requires two separate appointments. While it might not seem like all that big of a deal, there are some significant disadvantages to this. One of the biggest drawbacks is the fact that you have to wear a temporary crown. This crown is meant to protect the tooth until your actual crown is done. However, it may not always be effective. It can come loose or fall out. When this happens, the prepared tooth is at risk for damage and bacterial invasion.
Another significant drawback is the fact that you need to schedule two different appointments. Your schedule is already busy enough. Having to schedule two appointments can interfere with your normal life. Moreover, if the crown needs to go back to the lab, you will need to schedule yet another appointment.
CEREC uses some of the latest, cutting edge dental technology. Instead of standard impressions, digital impressions are taken. This is done using a handheld wand that takes a digital image of your teeth and gums. The image then goes onto the computer and creates a 3D model of your mouth.
Using this 3D model, we can create an incredibly accurate dental restoration. There is much greater accuracy with this technology than there is with traditional impressions and models.
CEREC technology also involves the use of an in-house milling unit. This is the machine that creates your crown. The crown is cut out of a block of ceramic that we place into the machine after it receives the information from the crown we designed.
What are Same Day Crowns?
Same day crowns, also known as CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) crowns, are a type of dental restoration that can be fabricated and placed within a single dental visit. They are a modern solution to the traditional method of getting dental crowns, which typically requires multiple visits.
Advantages of Same Day Crowns
One of the flaws of the traditional crown procedures is the inconvenience the patients have to endure. Typically, they will have to visit the dentist's office twice or more to get the crown fitted. The first visit would be for cleaning and measurement, after which a temporary crown would be fixed. In the subsequent visits, the temporary crown will be fixed, polished and adjusted. CEREC does away with that inconvenience. Now, all it takes is a single visit to the professionals here in our office.
How Same Day Crowns are Made
Same day dental crowns are made using a process called Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM). This technology allows dentists to create precise and customized crowns in a single appointment.
Same Day Crowns Procedure
The process begins with the dentist preparing the damaged tooth by removing any decay and shaping it to fit the crown. Once the tooth is prepared, a digital impression of the tooth is taken using an intraoral scanner. This scanner creates a 3D image of the tooth, which is then used to design the crown.
Digital Scanning and Design
The design of the crown is done on a computer using CAD software. The dentist can adjust the shape, size, and fit of the crown to match the patient's tooth perfectly. This digital design is then sent to the CAM machine.
In-House Milling Process
The CAM machine is essentially a milling machine that carves the crown out of a block of ceramic or composite resin. The machine uses the digital design as a guide to create a crown that fits the patient's tooth precisely. This process usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes.
Placement of Same Day Crowns
Once the crown is milled, the dentist will check the fit and make any necessary adjustments. The crown is then polished and bonded to the prepared tooth. The entire process, from preparation to bonding, can be completed in a single appointment, making same day crowns a convenient option for many patients.
Candidates for Same Day Crowns
Patients who are looking for a convenient and time-efficient solution may also be ideal candidates. Same day crowns eliminate the need for multiple dental visits, which can be beneficial for those with busy schedules or who find dental visits stressful.
Those with a broken or fractured tooth that hasn't affected the root can also benefit from same day crowns. The crown acts as a protective cap, preventing further damage and preserving the remaining healthy tooth structure.
Individuals who have undergone a root canal treatment can also be candidates for same day crowns. After a root canal, the tooth often needs a crown to protect it from fracture and to restore its functionality.
Lastly, candidates for same day crowns can also include those seeking cosmetic enhancements. For instance, if a tooth is severely discolored or misshapen, a same day crown can provide a quick and effective solution to improve the appearance of the smile.
Durability and Longevity of Same Day Crowns
Same day dental crowns are made from a solid block of ceramic or resin materials. This makes them incredibly durable. They are designed to withstand the normal wear and tear associated with daily activities such as eating and drinking. The longevity of same day crowns can vary depending on several factors. These include the patient's oral hygiene habits, the materials used, and the patient's overall health.
How long do Same Day Crowns last?
With proper care, same day crowns can last between five to 15 years, or even longer.
Are Same Day Crowns as strong as traditional crowns?
The strength of same day crowns is often comparable to that of traditional crowns. Same day crowns are created using CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing) technology. Traditional crowns are typically made in a dental laboratory. They are often made of metal, porcelain, or a combination of both. These materials are known for their durability and longevity.
Can anyone get Same Day Crowns?
Same day dental crowns are a suitable option for a wide range of individuals. Primarily, candidates for same day crowns are those who have a tooth that is decayed or damaged, but not to the extent that it requires extraction. This procedure can help restore the tooth's shape, size, and strength.
Is the Same Day Crowns procedure painful?
The same day crowns procedure is generally not considered painful. Local anesthesia is used to numb the area around the tooth that is being treated, which significantly minimizes any discomfort during the procedure. Patients may experience some pressure or vibration as the dentist prepares the tooth and takes digital impressions. However, these sensations are typically not painful. The use of modern technology, such as CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing), makes the process more comfortable and efficient. After the procedure, it's normal to experience some sensitivity or mild discomfort once the anesthesia wears off. This is typically temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Our dentist can provide specific recommendations based on your individual needs.
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Call Canatella Dental at (504) 269-3486 today to learn more about CEREC crowns.