Using the latest technology available, we can make same day crowns that look and feel like your natural teeth! Traditionally, crowns have taken two separate visits with the patient wearing a temporary crown while the lab fabricates the permanent crown. Besides the inconvenience of two separate visits, temporary crowns had the potential to break or fall off requiring even more visits! With the addition of our Cerec machine, we can now eliminate the second visit and the worries and stress that come with wearing a temporary crown.
Crowns are recommended for teeth that have large decay, cracks, or fillings. Essentially a crown is recommended on any tooth that lacks the appropriate amount of remaining tooth structure to support the health of the tooth long term. We also recommend crowns for any posterior tooth that has had a root canal completed as the process of doing a root canal can weaken the tooth and make it more at risk to fracture in the future.
Dr. Spillers at Summit Dental employs digital scanning to ensure that the accuracy and fit of your crown is as high as possible. This means you no longer have to suffer through the messy process of taking a traditional goopy impression! From these digital scans we can design and mill the crown right in our office. The crowns typically require little to no adjustments and are cemented in that same day. The crowns are the same ceramic materials and quality that we get from the lab, just without the 2 weeks of waiting!
Your appointment starts with Dr. Spillers and his team scanning your teeth into the Cerec machine. After the tooth is prepared for the crown, we will use the Cerec software to digitally design your custom crown. We love including the patient in this process from beginning to end. After the design is finalized, the crown is sent to the milling unit and the crown is fabricated. The fabrication process takes between 10-40 minutes depending on the material used. During this time, you can relax and watch TV or play on your cell phone. Once the process is complete, we will of course always show you the final crown prior to cementing it. This is so you can approve the cosmetics of the crown and give us the final approval that you love it!
There have been many wonderful advances in dental technology in the last 10 years and you can trust that Dr. Spillers and his Summit Dental team are current with the latest crown materials and cements. In almost all cases, we recommend ceramic crowns that are metal free. These crowns are made of only one solid material, unlike crowns in the past where porcelain was layered on top of a metal coping. These old crowns did not appear as lifelike as the new ceramic materials, and they were prone to chips and fractures. Over time, these crowns also created additional wear on the healthy teeth opposing them. With our knowledge of the newest ceramics, you can be sure we will deliver custom natural looking crowns that take advantage of all the advances science can offer. We will also seek out modern technology and make sure our patients are receiving the best researched and longest lasting crown materials.
Do you experience pain on a tooth when you are chewing? If so, the tooth may have cracks in it that are weakening the tooth and causing pain. When there are large fillings on a tooth, in particular large silver fillings, they can weaken the surrounding healthy tooth structure. Over time as you chew, clench, or grind on that tooth, it can develop hairline cracks that are undetectable to the naked eye. If you don’t seek out a dentist, this can lead to cracked tooth syndrome. If the cracks are neglected long enough, the tooth could fracture and have to be extracted. If you have a tooth that is painful when you chew, call our office for a consultation. The solution for a cracked tooth is to place a crown on the tooth, so it is supported and won’t fracture in the future.
If you’d like to learn more about same day crowns and find out if you’re a candidate for the procedure, call Summit Dental today at 702-834-7755. We are accepting new patients and look forward to improving both your oral health and your smile!
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