CEREC Same Day Crowns

You may go your whole life never needing a crown right away – until suddenly you do. 

You may have broken a tooth just hours before a job interview, for example, or chipped a tooth the day before your wedding. Whatever the reason, though, you may be relieved to find out that you can get a dental crown the same day from your San Diego dentist. 

There are two main parts to every tooth: the root that holds the tooth in your jaw, and the white crown that appears above your gumline. A dental crown is an artificial cap that your dentist custom-creates then fits over a tooth. 

Dental crowns are incredibly versatile and can fix a number of cosmetic and dental health problems. Dental crowns can disguise cosmetic issues, such as:

  • Badly discolored or stained teeth
  • Misshapen or short teeth
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • Chipped teeth

Dental crowns can also address oral health problems, such as:

  • Fractured or broken teeth
  • Severely worn-down teeth
  • Fillings so large there isn’t much tooth left
  • Cover dental implants
  • Hold a dental bridge in place

Sometimes you need a crown, but not right away – and that’s understandable, as getting a dental crown can seem like a long and complicated ordeal. In fact, some people put off getting a crown because they don’t want to schedule several days off or travel great distances to get their dental work done.

Fortunately, our San Diego dentist offers same day crowns. Advanced technology, known as CEREC®, allows Dr. Victor Tran to make high quality, natural-looking dental crowns in a matter of hours instead of weeks. Many of our patients love the fact that they can get CEREC® Same Day Crowns in San Diego.

Same-Day Crowns by CEREC® in San Diego Provide Great Results Quickly

The primary advantage of CEREC® same-day crowns is that they immediately restore the aesthetic appeal and function of your smile.

CEREC® is an acronym that stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, which is basically a fancy term for technology that combines a computer-aided design system and a manufacturing system. It means that our dentist uses a computer to design your crown and a special milling machine to create it, all from our office.

CEREC® crowns are so much faster than traditional crowns

Traditional crowns require two appointments, usually several weeks apart. During the first appointment, a member of your dental team uses a special putty to create impressions of your teeth. Next, they will remove some tooth enamel to make enough room to accommodate the crown.

Your dentist will send the impressions to a dental laboratory, where technicians will make your crown. You may receive a temporary crown to support any dental work, such as a root canal, that you may have had; this temporary crown will tide you over until you return to the office to have the temporary crown glued into place. 

The CEREC® is quite different. It starts when we take a 3-dimensional (3D) image of your mouth and use the computer-assisted design (CAD) software included in CEREC®. This 3D model will serve as a blueprint for your treatment. We’ll use the information from the 3D image to make your crown, using the Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) technology of CEREC® and a high-speed diamond bur. We’ll mill a precise restoration while you wait – our team will create a realistic-looking crown just for you. 

Next, we’ll inspect the crown to ensure that it matches the color of your surrounding teeth before placing the new crown permanently in your mouth. This procedure creates an aesthetically-pleasing and natural-looking crown that blends in seamlessly with your other teeth.

Advantages of CEREC® Crowns

Getting your crowns in the same day is a major advantage, of course, but CEREC® crowns provide a number of other benefits. Benefits of CEREC® include:

  • Less drilling – traditional crowns require the removal of more enamel than CEREC® crowns
  • Secure – CEREC® crowns never come loose, so there is no risk of swallowing them
  • Quick recovery time – made from a sticky resin, temporary crowns require that you avoid eating or drinking for the first few hours; you can eat and drink with your CEREC® crown almost right away
  • Less time away from work or school – CEREC® requires just one visit to the dentist, not two

Am I a Good Candidate for CEREC® Crowns?

Most people who need a dental crown are good candidates for CEREC®. However, patients who need a crown because their tooth broke off below the gumline may not be good candidates for the same-day crowns. 

For more information about CEREC® Same Day crowns in San Diego, consult with Dr. Victor Tran. We have the training and experience to provide the best results possible with CEREC® same day crowns.

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