A dental crown sometimes called a “cap,” is a tooth-shaped restoration that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and appearance.
A crown can be used to:
- Replace a large filling
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Protect a weak tooth from breaking
- Cover a large or misshapen tooth
- Improve the aesthetics of a tooth
Why Are Crowns Used?
Crowns, also called caps, are used to repair damaged teeth. Crowns are also used to make teeth look longer or to change tooth color. Crowns can be used on their own to restore a tooth. Crowns can also be used to improve the appearance of misshapen or discolored teeth. They can also be used to help make teeth whiter. However, crowns are often used after a root canal treatment. A crown is placed over a treated tooth to protect the tooth.
What Are One-Visit Crowns?
One-visit crowns, or CEREC same-day crowns, use the latest technology to take digital impressions of your teeth. This eliminates the need for messy, uncomfortable, and unpleasant traditional impressions. Once the digital impressions are taken, the data is sent to a special milling machine that crafts your crown from a solid piece of ceramic on the same day of the dental appointment.
One-day crowns offer many benefits. They’re strong, durable, and look just like your natural teeth. Plus, they’re made in just one visit, so you won’t have to spend days waiting for your crown to be made.
Benefits of One-Visit Crowns
One-visit crowns are beneficial for several reasons. First, they save time. Unlike traditional dental crowns, which involve two dental visits, a one-visit dental crown treatment allows you to have a complete restoration in one day.
How Are One-Visit Crowns Made?
Unlike traditional crowns that are custom-crafted in a dental lab, one-visit crowns are made chairside by a dental professional. This means you won’t need a temporary crown, and you won’t have to wear a temporary crown while you wait for a permanent one to be created.
Your dentist will take a mold of your tooth to ensure the crown fits perfectly. Then, they will use a digital scanner to create a digital image of your tooth. The image is then sent to a milling unit that will carve the crown out of a block of ceramic or composite resin. Your dental team will fit the crown over your tooth and make adjustments as needed.
The crown is then polished and bonded to your tooth. After the procedure, your tooth will look completely natural. There are no metal parts, no dark line at the gum line, and you won’t need to deal with any pain afterward.
Contact Dr. Todd Curley, DDS, at (951) 698-6220 for inquiries or to book an appointment. Visit us at 39755 Murrieta Hot Springs Rd., Ste. D110, Murrieta, CA 92563 for the best dental treatments.