Crowns are a type of dental restoration that cover your natural tooth. Dental crowns protect and strengthen your tooth if it’s been damaged by a large cavity or if it’s been weakened by a large crack.
Typically, the process for getting a crown is a two-appointment process, with your crown fabricated in a third-party lab. Dental crowns beautifully restore the health and function of your teeth, but waiting weeks for your permanent crown isn’t fun.
The good news is that when you see Kevin Miller, DDS, you don’t need to wait weeks for a crown. Nor do you have to endure the messy physical impressions or a temporary crown. CEREC® same-day dental crowns make it possible for you to receive a beautiful crown in just one appointment — and this technology is available at Dentistry in Paradise in Santa Barbara, California.
What are CEREC same-day crowns?
Traditional crowns are made of a variety of materials, including gold and porcelain; CEREC same-day crowns are constructed of ceramic. In fact, “CEREC” is a fusion of the two words: ceramic reconstruction. Same-day crowns utilize chairside technology to design and create your new crown digitally.
Dr. Miller uses computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD-CAM) to take digital images of your affected tooth, design your crown using advanced software, and then fabricate that crown — all right here in our office. Once your crown is made, we permanently place the crown in your mouth.
This process enables you to receive a crown in one day without the hassle of coming back for a second appointment or enduring messy physical impressions.
Benefits of same-day crowns
Just because your crown is made and installed in one day doesn’t make it any less sturdy. Studies show that same-day crowns are reliable restorations. This means that you can count on your new crown to look good and improve the function of your mouth.
Other reasons to consider a same-day crown include:
- They’re convenient and won’t clog your schedule with multiple trips to our office
- They’re allergen-free, which is great news for those with metal sensitivities
- They’re beautiful restorations that can be color-matched to the shade of your teeth
- You don’t need a temporary crown
Whether same-day or traditional, crowns play an important role in supporting your oral health. Crowns strengthen a weakened tooth, support proper functionality of your tooth, and boost your self-confidence.
Taking care of your CEREC same-day crown
As with any type of crown, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene to extend the life of your crown. Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush twice a day with fluoride-containing toothpaste. Floss daily and use a mouthwash.
If you need help flossing around your crown, consider the use of flossing aids. Our team is also happy to provide dental product recommendations to help you find the right floss or toothpaste for you.
You can prevent chips in your crown by avoiding chewing on ice and non-food items.
Don’t wait to repair a damaged tooth. Book an appointment at Dentistry in Paradise and get started with CEREC same-day dental crowns. Use our online request tool, or give us a call at 805-967-0272.