Dental Crowns: How Long is the Process?

You want to restore your smile with the help of a dental crown – or a cap that looks like a tooth. However, you have meetings to run. You have the kids’ soccer practices to attend, and you have personal business to take care of. The last thing you want to do is keep going back and forth to the dentist’s office. However, same-day crowns are now available: The entire dental crown process can take place all in a single day so that you can quickly get back to living your life, with a new smile.

 CEREC is a machine that allows the dentist to design, form and permanently bond the crown in your mouth in one day. 

You may need a porcelain crown if your tooth has been cracked or if a large portion of your tooth is damaged and cannot be filled. In addition, your dentist will often instruct you to get a crown after you have had a root canal treatment, which can weaken your original tooth. Crowns also can be used to complete a dental bridge or a dental implant – two other tooth replacement options.

In the past, you may have had to make at least a couple of trips to the dentist in order to get a crown placed in your mouth: One appointment was needed to get an impression of your tooth made and a temporary crown placed, and the second appointment was needed to try on your new crown. If the crown did not fit, a third appointment may have been necessary. However, with today’s CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) technology, your dentist can create a crown for you in one sitting.

CEREC is a machine that allows the dentist to design, form and permanently bond the crown in your mouth in one day. The dentist will take a digital picture of your tooth and then manipulate it to create your crown. You will participate in the process by helping to determine the crown color and shape based on your desires. Then, the CEREC machine will create the final crown. An hour later, the dentist will place cement between your original tooth and the new crown, and you can be on your way.

The CEREC machine is fast and accurate. As a result, you quickly end up with a crown that will last for years. Getting a crown truly can be a convenient procedure that doesn’t take up so much of your valuable time. Get ready to smile and chew normally again in just a day’s time. Contact us to find out more about our CEREC solution today.