At one time, receiving a dental crown meant a pretty major time commitment, with at least two to three visits required. However, to prevent our busy patients from being overburdened, we’ve started using the CEREC system to create and place them in a single sitting. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about same-day crowns!
When a Smile Needs a Crown
A dental crown is a restoration that covers the entire visible portion of each tooth. When in place, they make instant improvements to the shape and color of the teeth. For example, we could use them to repair tooth decay, help address infected or abscessed teeth, or lengthen the ones worn down by teeth grinding. We can repair cracked or chipped teeth too, and also reshape malformed teeth and address other esthetic issues. If you have missing teeth, we’ve used to secure a dental bridge in place, or to restore a single tooth dental implant!
The CEREC Process
In the past, the creation and placement process meant multiple visits. Now, we do everything same-day. To start, we will administer a numbing agent to ensure you feel comfortable. Next, we remove structure from the teeth and then take detailed images with an intraoral camera. We combine these images to craft a 3D model of your smile. The dentist then designs the finished product. We upload the information into the CEREC CAD/CAM milling machine, which uses dental ceramic to create the crown. When complete, we check the fit and make any necessary adjustments. We then place the restoration with a powerful bonding agent. You leave with a completely restored smile!
Protecting Your New Restoration
We often recommend a few simple changes to your daily routine to limit the risk of future cavities and infections, and to help prevent further damage. Daily brushing and flossing, a healthier diet, and visits for a checkup and cleaning could help stave off tooth decay and infections. Wearing a mouthguard when you play sports or martial arts could also limit the chances of a chipped, cracked, or knocked-out tooth. If you have any questions about how we provide repair in a single sitting, or if you have an aching tooth in need of attention, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About the CEREC System?
Same-day repair is possible to restore your smile to optimal health, function, and beauty, helping you avoid serious complications for your smile’s health and function. If you want to learn more about creating and placing a restoration in the same visit, then schedule a consultation today by contacting Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.