If you want a smile that’s your crowning glory, you may need a crown to cover a tooth to help restore it to its normal shape and size. A crown can make your tooth stronger and improve its appearance.
WHEN ARE CROWNS RECOMMENDED?
A crown can help strengthen a tooth with a large filling, when there isn’t enough of the tooth remaining to hold the filling. Crowns can also be used to attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from breaking, or restore one that’s already broken. A crown is a good way to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped. Crowns are also used to cover a dental implant.
If your dentist recommends a crown, it is probably to correct one of these conditions. Your dentist’s primary concern, like yours, is helping you keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright.
CROWNS IN JUST ONE VISIT!
You may have heard that crowns are now available in just one visit. No more multiple visits with temporary crowns, while waiting for your permanent crowns. At Broadway Dental Excellence, we are pleased to be able to provide single day CEREC crowns to our patients.
Thanks to CAD-CAM technology, everything from tooth preparation to fixing the final crown is done in just a single appointment, often within an hour or slightly more. CAD stands for “computer-aided design” and CAM for “computer-aided manufacturing”.
First, the dentist will examine your tooth and determine the appropriate treatment. It may require a simple filling, or a full crown, depending on how much healthy tooth structure is remaining. Next, the dentist will administer an anesthetic and prepare your tooth for the restoration by removing decayed and unsupported tooth structure. Then, an optical impression will be taken of the prepared tooth with an intra-oral camera. Unlike traditional crowns, no “goopy impressions” are needed. The camera is smaller than the point of a ballpoint pen and the process only takes a minute or two.
CEREC’s 3D software takes the digital picture of your tooth and converts it into a 3-dimensional virtual model on the computer screen. The dentist then uses his or her dental expertise to design the restoration using the CEREC program. Within a few minutes, a click of a button sends the design data to a separate milling machine in the office. A ceramic block that matches your tooth shade is placed on the milling machine. In just minutes, your all-ceramic tooth-colored restoration is finished and ready to be bonded in place! The dentist will try the restoration in your mouth to ensure proper fit and bite. The restoration is then polished and bonded to the prepared tooth. No temporaries…no return trip!
ADVANTAGES OF CEREC CROWNS
- Saves time! Done in a single appointment
- Saves money! Save on appointment costs and the cost of temporary crowns
- More comfortable procedure – no gooey impressions
- Function is restored immediately.
Call us today at Broadway Dental Excellence to schedule an appointment and see if a CEREC same day crown is right for you!