7 Uses For CEREC Same-Day Dental Crowns

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7 Uses For CEREC Same-Day Dental Crowns

Dentist matching a crown to the tooth color of a female dental patient

Same-day dental crowns are a revolutionary restoration treatment that for teeth that are moderately to severely damaged. These restorations are designed to restore your smile to optimum health, function, and decay, and at our practice, Dr. Robert Berry can complete your restoration treatment in just one day! With CEREC same-day dental crowns in Broomfield, Colorado, you can receive your customized, natural-looking restoration in just one visit. Find out how a dental crown can improve your smile with this guide!


Purposes of a Crown

Throughout our lifetime, many of us will experience different dental issues that will require the help of a dental professional. Although teeth cleanings, bondings and cavity fillings are the most common reasons for a dental visit, some patients will need more intensive care for damage to their teeth, such as a dental crown. A dental crown is recommended whenever a tooth has moderate to severe damage, and it is used to restore a tooth’s health and functionality. A crown is a fixed prosthetic object that is cemented to a damaged tooth, but can also be used to strengthen a tooth and improve its appearance in the mouth. An impression is made of your tooth to design the crown after, and sometimes the dentist will file your tooth into the correct size so as to better fit the crown.


Crowns are very versatile restorations and can be used for a number of restorative and cosmetic purposes, such as:


  • Cover a tooth that is severely stained or darkened
  • Attach and anchor a dental bridge
  • Restore a significantly damaged or decayed tooth
  • Cover and complete a dental implant
  • Improve the appearance and functionality of an irregularly shaped tooth
  • Support a large filling if little natural tooth structure remains
  • Strengthen a fractured or otherwise weakened tooth


Types of Dental Crowns

Impression of teeth with a metallic crown on one of the teeth

Depending on your situation, one of four different types of dental crowns will be used. Porcelain-fused to metal is a durable crown that is attached to metal, which allows it to be stronger than normal porcelain crowns. Gold alloy crowns are made of gold, copper and other metals that cannot fracture or wear the tooth away. Base metal alloys are made of non-metals that are resistant to corrosion while still providing a strong bond. This type of crown requires the least amount of healthy tooth to be removed for it to be placed. Lastly, ceramic crowns are used primarily for restoring front teeth, and can be matched to your natural tooth color. This type of crown is made of a porcelain base, and is very durable. Many patients choose this route when deciding which crown would work best for them because it is the least obvious-so it has a high aesthetic appeal-but still gets the job done. Ceramic crowns can be inserted during the first appointment, so there’s no need for a temporary crown or a follow-up visit to place your permanent crown-you’ll get it the same day!


Advantages of CEREC Dental Crowns

Not only are ceramic crowns aesthetically appealing, but they’re also cost effective. Many other types of crowns take multiple visits to finally be placed, but a CEREC, or ceramic, crown can be placed in one visit, that’s it. CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, and they are used with CAM/CAD technology. CAM stands for computer aided designing and CAD stands for computer aided manufacturing, and this process includes everything from tooth preparation to fixing the final crown, all within one dental visit. CEREC dental crowns also save you time, since there are no additional appointments needed; they save you money, as you pay for just one visit and don’t have to take more time off of work; lastly, these crowns give you a more comfortable experience since they don’t require any putty/impression pastes to create them. Your dentist will use an intraoral camera to take 3D images of your tooth, and with the help of a computer, design a crown with the precise measurements that fit your tooth, all without having to take any impressions.


Schedule Your Next Visit

If you are suffering from a damaged tooth, needing to cover a dental implant, or trying to strengthen a weakened tooth, Mountain Aire Dentistry can help! Our team has years of experience creating the perfect crown for our patients, all while ensuring the affordability and comfort that you deserve! Call our office at (303) 731-7755 for a consultation to get your oral health back on track. We are ready to help you get the beautiful smile that you’ve always wanted. Call now!