Are you embarrassed by chips or cracks in your smile? If so, talk to John Quinn, DMD, at Smiles for Life Family Dentistry in Las Vegas, Nevada, about dental crowns. While traditional crowns typically take at least two separate appointments, Smiles for Life Family Dentistry can have you in and out of the office in just one visit thanks to CEREC® same-day crowns. Set up an appointment with the team by calling the office or scheduling online.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits over a damaged tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength. Traditionally, dental crowns take at least two appointments to fabricate.
During the first, your dentist takes impressions of your teeth to make a mold for the crown and fits you for a temporary crown. At the second visit, the temporary crown is removed and replaced with your permanent restoration.
A same-day crown is built using advanced CEREC (ceramic reconstruction) technology. These chairside computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) machines have the ability to manufacture ceramic or resin crowns, veneers, and inlays and onlays in a single visit.
What makes CEREC unique is its use of the most advanced dental technology available. The entire process is digital, so you never have to worry about uncomfortable, messy impressions.
After taking highly accurate digital impressions of your teeth, your dentist uses CAD/CAM technology to create the perfect crown for your tooth within minutes.
Your dentist may recommend a single visit CEREC crown if you have one or more of the following dental concerns:
A dental crown can also restore your bite and tooth function after a root canal.
After using local anesthesia to make the procedure as comfortable as possible, your dentist removes a small amount of enamel from your tooth to provide a solid, stable base for the crown.
Next, digital impressions of your teeth and mouth are taken before your dentist sends them to the CEREC machine. Your provider may adjust the color and shape of the crown at this time to suit your smile.
Once the model looks perfect, your dentist creates the crown. The CEREC machine uses a 3D printing and milling method to fabricate it. After checking the fit, your dentist bonds the crown to your tooth with a dental adhesive.
The entire process takes two hours or less and doesn’t require any follow-up visits. Unless you need any further adjustments, you can resume your normal activities after your visit.
If you want a beautiful smile in a single visit, call Smiles for Life Family Dentistry or schedule an appointment online.