A crown is a commonly used dental restoration that completely covers a tooth. A crown is used when a tooth is too damaged, decayed, or weakened to be repaired with a filling. A crown may also be used for cosmetic reasons to cover a tooth that is misshapen or discolored and to replace a missing tooth.
How Are Dental Crowns Made?
Dental crowns are created from high-quality, durable materials and you can be confident they will last a long time.
To create the crown, we take impressions of the prepared tooth, which are sent to a dental lab. There, the porcelain crown is custom-created. When the crown is ready, we will call you to schedule a second appointment. During this appointment, we will remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent one in place. Once the dental crown process is complete, you’ll leave our office with a perfect, custom-fitted tooth.
This is the traditional process of creating dental crowns, which may take a couple of weeks. Fortunately, there is now a quicker and simpler way to make dental crowns, namely CEREC.
What Is CEREC?
CEREC is a dental technology, also referred to as CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing), that allows our dentist to create and place natural-looking dental crowns in just one visit. By using a scanner to create a digital impression of your tooth, our dentist can quickly create a custom crown that is milled from a solid block of porcelain.
CEREC is most commonly used for the placement of dental crowns, but it can also be used for bridges, inlays, and onlays. CEREC is especially useful when a patient requires extensive dental work, such as restorations for broken or missing teeth.
What Are the Benefits of CEREC One-Visit Crowns?
CEREC crowns offer a number of benefits. Forget about waiting weeks for your next dental appointment. CEREC same-day or one-visit crowns and other restorations only take one appointment. They are made from high-quality porcelain and are designed to look very natural. By requiring only one dental visit, they also save patients time, money, and discomfort. It takes about an hour for the dentist to create a crown and then it can be placed immediately.
With CEREC, you won’t need a temporary crown since the restoration is fabricated while you wait. CEREC crowns also don’t require as much healthy tooth structure to be removed as traditional crowns, which preserves more of the tooth’s structure and reduces the risk of complications.
How Long Are CEREC One-Visit Crowns Designed to Last?
CEREC dental crowns have an average lifespan of at least ten years. This lifespan can vary depending on certain factors. Patients who practice good oral hygiene habits will extend the life of their dental crowns. On the other hand, patients who grind their teeth or chew on ice or other hard objects may shorten the life of their dental crowns.
To find out more about the dental services we offer at Finesse Dental Care, call (805) 410-9324 or schedule a consultation online. You can also visit Dentist Thousand Oaks, CA at 860 Hampshire Rd., Suite E, Thousand Oaks, CA 91361.