Every year in the U.S., millions of people get dental crowns to repair damaged teeth or strengthen weak teeth. There’s a reason why crowns are so popular — actually, there are several reasons:
- Crowns preserve the natural tooth
- Crowns are strong
- Crowns are durable and long-lasting
- Crowns can be tinted to blend in with the surrounding teeth
Dental crowns (sometimes called “caps”) are frequently used to repair teeth that are broken or badly decayed. They’re also used to strengthen teeth treated with root canals and to cover deeply stained teeth to restore the look of a beautiful, healthy smile. Today’s state-of-the-art techniques and materials make crowns a really popular choice for anyone looking to improve their oral health and maintain a beautiful smile. The only downside: Traditional crowns typically require two separate dental visits, which means getting a crown can be kind of inconvenient — especially if your schedule is already packed. The good news: CEREC crowns eliminate that inconvenience, requiring just one day for placement — and earning them the nickname of same-day crowns.
What is a CEREC crown?
CEREC stands for “chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics.” Sounds complex, but all you need to know is that CEREC crowns use the most advanced technology to create and place your crown in just one office visit, so you can get your crown and restore your smile without interfering with your regular schedule. With a traditional crown, your first visit is spent shaping and preparing the tooth for the crown. Then an impression is made of the tooth and that impression is sent to a lab where the crown is made. In the meantime, you’ll be given a temporary crown to wear while the permanent crown is being made. Once it’s ready, you’ll need a second visit to have the temporary crown removed and the permanent crown placed on your tooth. There’s nothing wrong with traditional crowns — lots of people get them every year to improve their oral health. But they do require you to find time for two separate visits. What’s more, temporary crowns aren’t designed for long-term comfort, and some temporary crowns can wind up cracking or breaking, requiring another visit to have them replaced.
With a CEREC same-day crown, your tooth is shaped AND your crown is created and placed on your tooth in the same visit. It’s a lot more convenient, and if you’re not crazy about dental visits to begin with, it’s less stressful, too. Like traditional crowns, CEREC crowns are designed to be durable, comfortable and beautiful. CEREC crowns are custom-shaped and custom-tinted so they blend in beautifully with your neighboring teeth. The dentist crafts your crown using state-of-the-art computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology for a perfect fit every time.
Oakmont General & Implant Dentistry: Leading the way in CEREC crowns
Oakmont General & Implant Dentistry is a top-ranked provider of CEREC crowns, using the most advanced technology for optimal results. Whether you want a crown for cosmetic reasons or you need a crown to improve your oral health, a CEREC same-day crown just might be a great choice. To learn more about CEREC crowns, call Oakmont General & Implant Dentistry at (707) 539-8956 to request an appointment today.