Same Day Crowns

A. Introducing Single Day Crowns with CEREC

At Mint Hill Dentistry, we always strive to use the latest and greatest dental technology when addressing the needs of our patients. We would like to introduce you to one of the latest technologies that is now available in our office.

1. One-day crowns with CEREC

CEREC is a technology that allows our dentists to prepare a tooth for a crown, digitally scan the tooth and then fabricate the crown in-office. This allows the entire crown procedure to be completed in ONE VISIT. We know you might have some questions about this technology, so we’ll try to answer some of the most common ones below:

2. What is a crown?

A crown is a tooth-shaped protective cap that restores the shape, size, strength and appearance of a tooth. It completely covers the visible part of the tooth that is at or above the gum line. A crown can save a tooth that would otherwise have to be removed and replaced. Some of the reasons your dentist may recommend a crown are:

  1. A broken or chipped tooth
  2. A very large filler that needs to be replaced
  3. A weak tooth that is at risk of cracking or breaking
  4. An implant ready for the abutment and crown
  5. An anchor tooth that supports a bridge

Dental crowns are made from a variety of materials, including metal, porcelain fused to metal, all-ceramic, or porcelain or resin. The material the crown is made of will determine how long you will have to wait, whether you need a temporary or not, as well as the cost. Your dentist will advise you on your options and what type of crown will work best for you. The new CEREC machine is often an excellent choice.

3. What are the advantages of CEREC?

  1. The procedure can usually be completed in one consultation, rather than the traditional two consultations.
  2. As the crown is made in one consultation, there is no need to wear a temporary crown while the final crown is made.
  3. The crown is durable and aesthetic. There is no metal on the crown, which means you will never see a “gray line” at the bottom of the crown.
  4. No footprints… no “tray full of goo”!! CEREC uses a “fingerprint” in which an optical scanner is attached to a “rod” which is used to obtain a high resolution video image of the tooth in the mouth.
  5. You can watch your dentist digitally design your crown and then watch it being created in the office.

4. How new is this technology? It is proved?

CEREC has been around for over 20 years and has excellent clinical research.

5. Can CEREC be used for all crown types?

CEREC can be used for many crown procedures, but not all. Your dentist will recommend if they think a CEREC crown is the right option for you. Depending on many factors – your bite, tooth color, smile line, etc. – a traditional crown might still be a better option.


B. Same-Day Crowns That Last

A dental crown is a thin, tooth-shaped covering that restores a weak or decayed tooth – and thanks to recent advances in dental technology, getting one is now faster and more effective than ever before. With CEREC, Dr. James P. Kosta’s CAD/CAM Tools and in-house mill to plan, prepare and set a beautiful porcelain crown in a single visit to our office. It is a real improvement over the traditional method of placing a dental crown and we are pleased to offer this option at Complete Dental Care.

1. This is how CEREC works

CEREC stands for Chairside Economic Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics and is changing restorative dentistry. It works with digital scans, special software that allows your dentist to take a digital image of the crown, and a milling machine that we have here in our office.

You may need a CEREC crown if you have one

  1. Broken tooth
  2. Broken tooth
  3. Badly decayed tooth
  4. Weak or worn tooth
  5. Cosmetically imperfect tooth in front of smile

To start, your dentist will remove the decayed tissue and reshape your tooth to accommodate the crown. A local anesthetic will help you feel completely comfortable throughout the process, and the enamel will be removed to make the base of the tooth thicker than the top. Digital scans of the tooth are then taken and sent to the CEREC software. Here your dentist creates a draft of your new crown and transmits the information to the milling machine. Here the restoration is made from a single block of dental porcelain in just a few minutes.

2. Numerous benefits of same-day crowns

CEREC offers a number of advantages over conventional dental crowns. Some of the main benefits are…

  1. CEREC is completed in a single visit to the dentist, as opposed to two or more required by traditional methods. This saves you time as well as sick days and/or vacation days.
  2. CEREC uses fingerprint scans instead of bite prints, which can be uncomfortable and cause some people to gag.
  3. There is no need to use a temporary restoration when your crown is placed in a single visit. Temporary crowns can crack, cause discomfort, or protrude against the surrounding tooth enamel.
  4. Digital dentistry is more accurate and, in many cases, leads to better treatment planning.
  5. CEREC crowns are made of dental porcelain, a material that looks like your natural tooth enamel.

3. Is a same-day CEREC crown right for you?

Many people who need a dental crown can benefit from the simplicity and convenience that CEREC Same-Day technology offers. To make sure this option is right for you, we cordially invite you.


C. What To Expect During A CEREC Same Day Crown Procedure

If you want to get a dental crown in a single day, consider the CEREC procedure. This same-day crown fabrication and placement procedure saves a lot of time. Before making an appointment, you want to know what will happen during the procedure. Learn more about the process and book your appointment now.

1. The CEREC crown procedure

The traditional crown procedure requires at least two visits to the doctor. During the first visit, the dentist prepares the tooth and places the provisional crown. The permanent crown will be placed on the second visit. With the CEREC procedure, patients do not need a temporary crown. The entire process is completed in one visit.

a. Prepare tooth

The first step of the procedure is tooth preparation. The dentist removes the decayed parts of the tooth and molds it to hold the crown. With a traditional crown, dentists usually remove more than 70% of healthy tooth structure. They don’t remove nearly as many teeth for crowns in the same day.

b. Take impressions

Patients often avoid getting impressions at the dentist. Putty-like substance placed in impression trays can cause suffocation. Fortunately, dentists use digital impressions for CEREC crowns. Dentists use a small camera to take three-dimensional images of the tooth to be treated. This is much more convenient than traditional molds.

c. Creating the crown

Prints are transferred to a computer. The dentist examines the impressions and creates a model. The model resembles natural teeth. The dentist also uses a shade chart to select the correct shade for the crown. The dentist quickly creates the model using computer technology.

d. Making the crown

Dentists who offer the CEREC crown procedure have milling machines in their offices. These machines make dental crowns from ceramic blocks. The grinding process usually takes about 15 minutes. The milling process is fast but also accurate.

e. Put on the crown

The dentist removes the milling machine crown and pulley. The crown is matched against existing teeth to ensure it matches. The dentist then checks the fit and cements the crown. The dentist gives aftercare instructions to the patient.

f. What to bring for the procedure

The procedure is very quick, and patients can make the time go by even faster by bringing a book or digital device with them. Patients have approximately 30-45 minutes of inactivity while the model is created and the crown is fabricated. This time flies when patients have a book or a device at their disposal. You can read on a device or play a game and the crown will be ready in no time.

2. Plan a CEREC crown procedure

Same day dental crown can save a lot of time. Your dentist will prepare your tooth, make digital impressions and create a digital model of your tooth. The model is sent to the milling machine and then its crown is placed. If you want to get a crown in a single day, talk to your dentist today.


D. Difference Between Traditional Crowns And Same-day Cerec Crowns

Dental crowns can give you a smile that hides many dental problems, including gaps, cracks, discoloration and crooked teeth. In the past, the procedure was complicated, requiring two appointments and several weeks to get your new smile. Thanks to advances in technology, you can now get same-day CEREC® crowns, which basically means your new teeth are designed and fitted on the same day.

However, there are many people who are skeptical of new technologies. One of the most important questions is whether there is a dental difference between traditional procedures and the same-day CEREC® procedure. The answer is yes. Below are some of the differences between CEREC® and traditional crowns:

1. Time and Convenience

A traditional procedure requires two appointments and a few weeks of waiting. The first appointment includes an appointment during which the dentist takes an impression of your tooth. Professionals in a dental lab use this impression to create a crown that resembles the structure of your natural tooth. The process can take several weeks. However, a same-day CEREC® crown uses CAM/CAD technology to create a crown in the dentist’s office. So you don’t have to wait to get your new teeth.

2. Materials

Same-day CEREC® crowns are made entirely of ceramic. However, traditional crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including ceramic, porcelain, metal, and porcelain fused to metal. Dental crowns containing metal are very durable because the metal fuses very well with the dentin.

3. Strength

While professionals in a lab build traditional crowns, the final product is much stronger than same-day CEREC® crowns. In addition, materials such as leucite-reinforced ceramic or porcelain-fused metal can only be used to make traditional crowns, making them stronger and more durable. Unfortunately, these materials aren’t as aesthetically pleasing as ceramics. As such, they are not ideal for a dental crown on your front teeth.

4. Temporary crowns

If a patient chooses traditional crowns, the dentist will give them temporary crowns while they wait for the lab to make their permanent tooth caps. These temporary crowns have many disadvantages. They are quite uncomfortable, especially when they move a little in the mouth. Most of them don’t fit properly and can even increase the chance of tooth decay because food particles can get under the crown. Same-day CEREC®, on the other hand, eliminates the need for temporary crowns, allowing you to obtain permanent crowns in a single appointment.

5. Attention to detail

CEREC® Same-Day Crowns are very aesthetic and look natural. However, if you want an anterior tooth that perfectly matches your next tooth, a traditional ceramic or porcelain crown may be ideal. This is because the traditional crown is handcrafted in the lab by an expert who applies more subtle details to create a better match.


E. Advantages And Disadvantages Of Same Day Cerec Crowns

Same Day CEREC® is an answered prayer for many busy people. Whether you need to make a last-minute appearance on a TV show or look good at your next job interview, same-day dental crowns can save your life. It allows you to walk into a dentist’s office and walk away with your smile fully restored.

The obvious benefits of same-day CEREC® are time savings and convenience. However, there are other advantages that have made this procedure very popular. There are also some disadvantages to consider. The following are some of the pros and cons of same-day CEREC® procedures:

1. Same day benefits of CEREC®

a. Restore the function of your teeth immediately

Your teeth affect your smile, the way you speak and your eating habits. If you are given temporary crowns while waiting for a dental lab to design the permanent crowns, you must be very careful when eating or talking. You still have to follow a very specific diet to prevent the temporary crown from falling off. This is never the case for same-day crowns.

b. Prevents injuries

Traditional crowns require you to wear a temporary crown for a few days. Unfortunately, this temporary crown doesn’t always fit in the mouth and can come off. This often leads to injuries or other problems. Same-day CEREC® reduces the risk of injury by providing a crown that fits in one visit. CEREC® crowns also require less drilling, which saves most of your tooth.

c. Save money

Temporary appointments and crowns cost money, even with insurance. By halving the number of dental visits and eliminating the need for temporary crowns, CEREC® crowns help you save money. Also, for some people, less deadlines and less free time means they have more opportunities to make money.

d. Comfort

The temporary crowns you get with traditional methods are made of resin and rarely fit together. It makes her very uncomfortable. CEREC® crowns are made of ceramic and fit perfectly, making them very comfortable.

e. Prevent rot

Because temporary crowns sometimes come loose, they make room for more tooth decay. This is not an issue with same-day CEREC® crowns.

2. Disadvantages of same-day CEREC® crowns

a. Porcelain fused metal crowns are stronger

CEREC® technology uses a ceramic block to design your new crown. Traditional crowns can be made of porcelain, ceramic, metal, or porcelain fused to metal. A metal crown is strong, as is the combination of metal and porcelain. Metals adhere better to the tooth. Conventional crowns are therefore more resistant to breakage or wear and are therefore more durable than CEREC® crowns.

b. Fractures below the gum line

The CEREC® camera will not image correctly if your tooth fracture extends below the gum line. Also, in this case, a traditional crown fits best.

3. In conclusion

If you are a very busy person, the last thing you want is multiple visits to the dentist for a dental crown. Same-day CEREC® crowns make the process less complicated and much faster. However, the process has advantages and disadvantages. Therefore, it is important to discuss them with us before making a decision.