September 22, 2016
At Newton Street Dental, we stay in-tune with the latest advancements in dentistry. These days, there’s a buzz about how 3D printing may revolutionize the way we replace teeth. The technology isn’t quite there yet, but it’s an exciting thing to think about. For now, same day dental crowns restore damaged or decayed teeth in just one visit to our office — and we think that’s pretty exciting, too. Same day crowns are possible thanks to CEREC, or chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A crown is a thin, tooth-shaped covering that fits securely around a damaged tooth. Often called a cap, it’s a restorative treatment that’s been used for decades. But it’s never been as efficient or effective as it is today, thanks to CEREC technology.
Dental crowns can hold together parts of a broken tooth, restore severe decay when there isn’t enough room for a simple filling, strengthen a weak or worn tooth, and more. Dental crowns are also used in single and multiple tooth replacement. Implant-retained crowns offer maximum stability. A fixed bridge uses the two teeth surrounding the gap as anchors for the crowns that fill the space in between.
Same Day Crowns: More Than Just a Dream
Traditionally, the process for dental crowns takes two visits to the dentist with one to two weeks spent waiting in between. The use of a temporary crown is necessary in the time between appointments. Unfortunately, this two-week crown breaks easily, and is not customized to match the surrounding teeth.
CEREC technology allows your dentist in South Hadley to prepare for, manufacture, and place your dental crown in just one appointment. Digital imagery used with CEREC is more comfortable than messy traditional impressions, and the porcelain crown blends beautifully with your surrounding teeth.
The Procedure for a CEREC Crown
To fit you with a CEREC crown, your dentist removes any decay and prepares the tooth for its new crown. Preparation involves reshaping the tooth enamel to make room for the crown, which is applied on top. Then, your dentist takes a digital impression of the affected tooth and surrounding oral structures. The CEREC milling machine uses this information to manufacture your dental crown from a single block of porcelain.
Dental porcelain can be shaded to closely match your surrounding tooth enamel. It looks, acts, and feels just like the natural teeth — but it doesn’t discolor at the same rate, so you should avoid the things that cause your teeth to discolor. Coffee, red wine, tobacco, and other pigmented foods and beverages darken surrounding teeth.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Are you putting off necessary restorative care because you don’t think you have the time for a traditional crown? If so, it’s time for you to schedule an appointment for a same day crown at Newton Street Dental. We can remove decay and strengthen your tooth in just one visit to our state of the art office. Contact us to book a visit today!
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