Dental Crowns in Greensboro, NC
We all know just how important it is to keep our teeth and gums healthy; however, sometimes our oral routine falls flat. We might forget to brush our teeth before bed, or we may crunch on ice to cool down. Unfortunately, these habits can lead to toothaches, decay and broken teeth.
Same-Day Crowns (CEREC)
Dr. Bell and the dental team here at Travis A Bell DDS, PC in Greensboro, NC, can restore your tooth with a dental crown. Not just any dental crown, though; a same-day or CEREC crown.
What are Same-Day Crowns?
Thanks to advancements in dental technology, our dental team can now offer a way to create beautiful, long-lasting ceramic dental restorations including crowns in-house with the help of computer-assisted technology and equipment. Instead of turning to an outside dental lab to craft your custom restoration, which can take weeks, our dental team can do all this right here in our Greensboro, NC office.
How are Same-Day Crowns Crafted?
Since dental crowns are now being designed and made by our dental team, you may have questions about the process. In order to create a CEREC crown, we will first need to take digital images of your teeth. This will provide us with the measurements we need to design a custom-fitted crown.
These digital dental impressions are then turned into 3D images. Our computer-assisted technology will help us design a crown using these images. From there, this data is then sent to our milling station, where we will choose the appropriate shade of ceramic among other options that will give you the custom crown you need for your smile.
What are the Benefits of a Same-Day Crown?
One of the major benefits is that getting a dental crown is no longer an extensive process. Instead of coming into our office two or three times just to get a crown, we can now provide you with high-quality ceramic crowns and other restorations in just one visit.
Since your permanent crown is designed and placed in one visit this negates the need for a temporary crown. You’ll walk into our office and walk right back out with your new crown. The process only takes about 1.5-2 hours.
Same-day crowns are also made from medical-grade, durable ceramic, which means that with the proper care your crown could last up to a decade or more before needing to be replaced.
Traditional Crown Procedures
A tooth must usually be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. A cast is made of the existing tooth and an impression is made. The impression is sent to a special lab, which manufactures a custom-designed crown. In some cases, a temporary crown is applied until the permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are cemented in place. This process of crowning or capping a tooth will usually take two to three visits compared to Same-Day -Crowns.
Caring For Your Crowns
With proper care, a good quality crown could last up to eight years or longer. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration. Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown.