If you require a crown, it can be daunting to consider the time it takes to fully repair your tooth. Traditional crowns require multiple appointments to prepare the tooth and place the crown. It can take weeks between these appointments to create the permanent crown, and a temporary restoration must be worn in the meantime. Dr. Richard Salm uses the CEREC® system to provide custom same-day crowns at his office in Waukesha, WI. These alternatives to traditional crowns are made of durable and natural-looking materials, which can restore the full function of your tooth in one visit. Contact our office to find out if this convenient option is right for you.
How Crowns Restore Your Smile
Crowns are a vital part of both cosmetic and restorative dentistry. They can improve the aesthetics of a tooth by concealing stained, misshapen, worn, or irregularly shaped teeth. Crowns are also important for restoring the full function and health of your teeth. When a filling is not sufficient, crowns cover your existing tooth entirely to prevent further damage or decay. These restorations are often the final step in root canal therapy, and are also used to repair cracked, weakened, and severely decayed teeth. Dr. Salm will work with you to decide if a same-day or traditional crown works best for you.
Same-day crowns offer a convenient alternative to traditional crowns. Additionally, the quality of these crowns match and often exceed the quality provided by a dental laboratory.
Benefits of CEREC® Technology
Most noticeably, your treatment will be faster and more convenient with same-day CEREC® crowns. Your tooth can be restored to full function after one appointment rather than multiple appointments. With CEREC®, there is no need for extra procedures to both attach and remove temporary crowns, and more of the original tooth structure can be preserved. In addition, the products used to create these crowns come in a wide variety of shades and materials to ensure you receive the best restoration for your needs and appearance. Your new crowns will be natural-looking as well as durable.
Not only are same-day crowns convenient, but often times more of the good tooth structure can be conserved, which results in more preservation of the tooth.
How Same-day Crowns Are Made
If you are a candidate for a same-day crown, Dr. Salm first removes damaged tissue, and reshapes your tooth. This ensures a stable base and fit for your new crown. Then he uses the CEREC® scanner to take digital impressions. These scans are often more accurate than traditional manual impressions, and do not require messy gels or uncomfortable trays. After taking several images, Dr. Salm uploads the digital impressions into the computer, and uses advanced software to custom-design your restoration. He can show you the designs as he creates them, so you know exactly what to expect from your treatment.
Once the designs for your new crown are finished, they are sent to our in-office CEREC® milling machine. This machine carves your restoration from a solid piece of ceramic chosen by Dr. Salm to match your existing teeth. This process typically takes an hour or less. When the crown is finished, Dr. Salm attaches it to your tooth. You can leave our office with a restored smile after only a couple of hours!
Find Out If You Are a Candidate
Same-day crowns can restore your smile in a quick and low-stress process providing lasting results. Contact us today to schedule a restorative consultation.