Man with bright white smile with same day crown.

Does getting prepped, fitted, and completely done with your permanent crown in just one appointment sound too good to be true? After all, traditional dental procedures for crowns typically require multiple visits to the dentist. But it’s 2024, and thanks to modern technology, same-day crowns are now a reality.

What are CEREC Crowns and How Do They Work?

“CEREC” is an acronym that is short for “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.” This might sound like a mouthful, but it simply refers to state-of-the-art technology that allows dentists to design, create, and fit ceramic crowns within a single visit.

The process begins with preparation of your tooth for the crown, which may involve removing decay, filling cavities, and filing away part of the tooth so the crown will fit. At this point, we will take a digital scan of your mouth (bonus: no more messy trays!).

This scan is then used to design the crown with precise detail to fit your tooth perfectly. A milling machine right in our office creates the crown in a matter of minutes.

The crown will then be tightly bonded to your tooth, and you’re ready to go with a brand-new smile.

How Durable are Same-Day Crowns?

One common question patients have is about the durability of same-day crowns. CEREC crowns are made from high-quality ceramic, making them highly durable and resistant to wear. With proper care, these crowns can last as long as traditional crowns, often upwards of 10-15 years. This is similar to traditional crowns.

How Expensive are Same-Day Crowns?

The cost of same-day crowns is comparable to traditional crowns despite the advanced technology involved. Prices vary depending on geographic location and dental practice, but the efficiency of the process can save you money in the long run wince there is no longer a need for multiple appointments and temporary crowns.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Same-Day Crown?

Most people in need of a dental crown are good candidates for a same-day crown. This includes individuals with broken, weakened, or severely decayed teeth. However, we will assess your specific situation to determine if a same-day crown is the best solution for you, taking into account factors like the location of the tooth and the extent of tooth damage.

How Do You Care for a Same-Day Crown?

Caring for a same-day crown is no different than caring for your natural teeth. Regular tooth brushing, daily flossing, and visits to the dentist are important to the long-term health of your crown. Although the ceramic material is stain-resistant, avoid or limit foods and drinks that can cause discoloration to surrounding teeth, such as coffee, tea, and red wine.

Can Same-Day Crowns Be Used for Front Teeth?

Absolutely! CEREC technology excels in creating crowns that are not only strong and durable but also aesthetically pleasing. The ceramic material can be matched closely to the color of your natural teeth, making it an excellent option for front teeth restorations.

Are Same-Day Crowns Safe?

Safety is a common concern, and rightly so. Same-day crowns are just as safe as traditional crowns. The materials used are biocompatible, and the precision of digital mapping reduces the margin of error for a better fit. This minimizes the risk of issues like decay under the crown due to gaps or poor fit.

Are Same-Day Crowns Right for You?

For us in the dental field, it feels like same-day crowns have revolutionized dental restoration, offering a quick, efficient, and effective solution to dental issues that once required much more time and multiple dental visits.

If you need a dental crown, don’t hesitate to reach out and book an appointment. Your perfect smile could be just one visit away.