Anyone that has needed crowns, or knows someone that has gotten crowns, knows that the procedure can span over two weeks involving temporaries and messy impression material. We have offered same day crowns at All in the Family Dental Care for many years, something our patients love and really value. There is no impression material, no temporaries, and a state of the art crown is delivered in one visit. We have now made the same day crowns process even greater. As of January 2020 we now offer the CEREC PrimeScan and PrimeMill technology which has revolutionized the way we perform our crown procedures.
Let’s start with the basics. What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is similar to a cap that is designed to cover the visible portion of the tooth and restore its size, shape, and strength, while also enhancing the look of the tooth. Using a very strong, bonded dental cement, the crown is attached to the tooth structure.
We often recommend dental crowns to our patients to:
- Protect a tooth that is cracked or weakened by decay
- Restore a tooth that has been worn down
- Support a tooth with a large dental filling , where a significant portion of the tooth enamel has been removed
- Hold a dental bridge or cover an implant
- Enhance the tooth cosmetically
The older way to do it.
Many dental practices still perform dental crowns in what we call “the old fashioned way” which takes about 2 weeks to complete. That process consists of first preparing the tooth by fixing any issues it may have had, such as cavities, decay, etc. Then they prepare the tooth to make room for the crown, and make an impression with a putty-like substance or a digital scanner. After selecting the right shade of white and matching the design of the crown to the rest of the patient’s teeth, a temporary crown is made and applied using temporary cement. The patient then schedules to come back 2 weeks later to have the temporary crown removed, and the permanent crown is placed on the tooth and inspected for acceptable fit, bite, and smooth margins. After any necessary adjustments have been performed, the crown is cemented with a permanent cement or dental glue.
The better way to do it.
At All in the Family Dental Care we have delivered quality dental crowns to our patients since they existed. Only instead of the process taking 2 weeks or more with multiple steps and drawn out appointments, we perform the entire procedure during one visit! Same day crowns have been performed in our office since 2008, something that had set us apart from many other dentists in our area. As time goes on, technology continues to advance, allowing us to improve our techniques and procedures. To continue being a leader in technology and following our practice’s mission, we recently upgraded our same day crowns procedure by adding the CEREC technology to our arsenal of tools. We want to improve our patients oral health, while being conscious of their comfort, stress, and time. The same day crowns produced through this process are the same, if not better quality than traditional crowns. There is no quality spared by condensing the procedures time from weeks, to one hour. By investing in the CEREC technology, we are improving the value we bring to our patients everyday.
Are same day crowns more expensive than traditional crowns?
Offering same day crowns to our patients is something we pride ourselves on and many patients truly value the improved experience we offer. It makes us very happy to offer same day crowns in a single appointment, for the same cost of traditional crowns. There are no added fees or expenses when having your crowns completed in one day.
What is CEREC?
CEREC is an advanced dental restorative system that allows us to restore decayed teeth, place crowns, remove defective amalgam fillings, or place cosmetic veneers in just one appointment. This allows you to have the highest quality, most lifelike dental restorations in just one visit…in, out, and on with your busy life. Although we use this technology very often for crowns, we can use it for multiple procedures. CEREC is an acronym, standing for:
- Chairside: The technology is in the dental operatory and used while you are in the chair
- Economical: The procedure is economical for both us and you, the patient
- Restorations: The procedure restores your tooth to its natural beauty, function, and strength
- Esthetic: The restorations are metal-free and tooth-colored
- Ceramic: High-strength ceramics are used that are close in composition to your natural tooth structure.
In the past, patients with multiple failed restorations and other serious issues typically required several appointments to achieve a full restoration. With CEREC, however, multiple inlays and onlays can be fabricated, bonded, polished and installed at once. CEREC technology completes the multiple restorations in one visit, resulting in a beautiful smile in a fraction of the time.
How does CEREC work?
This video created by CEREC does a great job explaining the new technology, the benefits it offers, and how we’ll be using it at All in the Family Dental Care to improve our patients’ oral health and overall experience.
CEREC Acquisition Unit
The CEREC Acquisition Unit is mobile and houses a medical grade computer and the CEREC camera. Your dentist uses the camera to take a digital picture of your prepared tooth. This picture is used instead of a traditional impression. This means no impression tray and material for you to gag on. The computer and CEREC 3D software convert the digital picture to a three-dimensional virtual model of your prepped tooth. Your dentist then designs your restoration right on screen using the software while you wait (and watch!). This software can assist your dentist in designing any single tooth restoration: crowns, inlays (fillings), onlays (partial crowns), and teeth veneers. Once your dentist has designed your restoration (usually about 5 minutes), he or she clicks a button, and the design data is communicated via a wireless radio signal to the CEREC Milling Unit.
CEREC Milling Unit
Our team selects a ceramic block that matches the shade of the tooth being repaired. We insert the block into the Milling Unit. The data from the Acquisition Unit is used to direct two diamond-coated burs to carve the block into the indicated shape of the restoration. This process usually takes 8 to 18 minutes depending on the size and type of restoration. After the milling is finished, the restoration is polished, and the finished inlay, onlay, veneer, crown, or bridge is bonded into place.
If you or someone you know needs crowns or other dental work, don’t hesitate to call our office and schedule a free consultation to learn more. Our team is happy to further educate you on our practice’s and technology. We hope to hear from you soon!
CEREC® is a registered trademark of Sirona Dental Systems