CEREC® Same-Day Crowns
|CEREC® stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, and is made possible through computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD-CAM).
Utilizing CEREC® technology we are able to offer our patients same-day crowns, which are made in our office and fitted on your tooth all in one visit!
What is a crown?A crown is a custom-made cap that fits over your existing tooth. When a tooth has had a significant amount of work done, or if it has decayed to the point that its structural integrity has been compromised, having a crown placed is often a viable option for restoration.
Traditional crowns take about two to three weeks to be crafted in a dental laboratory, after which the patient will return to our office for a second appointment to have the crown placed.
Same-Day CrownsThe process for receiving a same-day crown is very similar to the process for receiving a traditional crown, but it is crafted in our office as soon as we take the impression of your tooth.
Instead of using a putty mold to take an impression of your tooth, with CEREC® we take a digital impression of it. This is accomplished by dusting your tooth with a reflective powder and scanning it with a handheld wand. Using this method we get an accurate 3D model of your tooth which we use to create the same-day crown, right in our office.
The crown is constructed by a CEREC® machine that uses the 3D image of your tooth to carve a piece of ceramic material into the exact shape of your tooth. The color of the crown is closely matched to your surrounding teeth and is finished by staining and glazing it to ensure a great aesthetic and functional fit. The function and lifetime of traditional and same-day crowns are exactly the same. This means that the only trade-off you make when you receive a same-day crown, as opposed to a traditional crown, is not having to come back to our office!
If you have any questions about crowns or CEREC® same-day crowns, please give our office a call at (831) 688-7878.