Same-day crowns, also known as CEREC crowns or single-visit crowns, refer to dental crowns that can be fabricated and placed in a single dental appointment. A traditional crown requires time for fabrication, and thus the placement of a temporary restoration while your permanent one is manufactured at a laboratory. With same-day crowns, in contrast, your damaged tooth can be capped with a permanent crown during the same appointment as your consultation or root canal treatment that would need a crown.
The tooth is prepared with 3D scanning technology, and a digital impression of your tooth is taken and sent to an onsite milling unit that fabricates your custom restoration within minutes. Our dentist then cements your new crown in place, all in the same visit.
Same-day CEREC crowns are an excellent solution for patients with busy lives who want to avoid multiple appointments to restore their smile. At Hall Dental, we provide same-day crowns by using advanced technology, such as computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) systems.
The Process of Same-Day Crowns
Instead of using traditional dental putty to take physical impressions of your teeth, a digital scanner captures highly accurate 3D images of your teeth and mouth. This digital impression serves as a virtual model for designing the crown. Then, using computer-aided design (CAD) software, the dentist or dental technician creates a precise digital design of the crown based on the digital impressions. The design can be customized to match your natural teeth's shape, size, and color for optimal aesthetics and functionality.
Once the crown design is complete, it is uploaded to an in-office milling machine. From a block of high-quality dental ceramic material that matches the color of your teeth, the machine precisely mills the crown based on the digital design, creating a highly accurate and custom-fit restoration. After the milling process, the dentist will make any necessary adjustments to the crown's fit and aesthetics. The crown is then bonded to your prepared tooth using dental cement or adhesive. The dentist ensures the crown fits comfortably, matches your bite, and blends seamlessly with the surrounding teeth.
The Benefits of Same-Day Crowns
The primary advantage of same-day crowns is the convenience of receiving a permanent crown in a single dental visit. There is no need for temporary crowns or multiple appointments, reducing the overall treatment time.
Same-day crowns are often made of high-quality dental ceramic materials that closely mimic the natural appearance of teeth. The digital design and milling process allow for precise customization, ensuring a crown that blends seamlessly with your smile.
Comfort and Convenience
With same-day crowns, you can avoid the discomfort and inconvenience of wearing temporary crowns for an extended period. The immediate placement of the final crown eliminates the need for a second appointment and the potential discomfort associated with temporary crown removal.
To learn more about how CEREC technology can benefit you or to schedule an appointment, visit Hall Dental at 1180 Resurgence Dr Ste 300, Watkinsville, GA 30677, or call (706) 549-8737. Our experienced and knowledgeable dental experts are here to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile!