Same-Day Dental Crowns

Cerec Same Day Crowns.Have you got a tooth that has been structurally damaged by decay or trauma? You may need the tooth to be crowned or “capped” so that it can look good and function properly again. A crown is a durable covering that is custom-made to fit over the entire tooth from the gum line up. Up until recently, we had to rely on external labs to fabricate our patients crowns. But with the introduction of CEREC technology, we can make your crowns right here at Davis & Miller General Dentistry!

Advanced dental technology known as Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing, or CAD/CAM, allows us to fabricate laboratory-grade crowns and other dental restorations in minutes. It's an amazing innovation when you consider that traditionally, crowns take two or three visits and just as many weeks of waiting. Now you can walk out of your appointment with our cosmetic dentists in Columbia, MO, with a restored tooth the very same day!

We know you're probably wondering whether these same-day crowns are as durable as traditional crowns. Studies have shown that CEREC restorations have the same success rate as crowns made with traditional materials and techniques. And the amazingly lifelike appearance of a same-day crown means that no one will know your tooth has been restored.

How It Works

The process of crowning a tooth starts out the same way, whether it's a same-day crown or traditional crown: with “preparation” of the tooth. This involves removing any decay that's present, and shaping the tooth with a dental drill so that it will fit perfectly inside the crown. But the similarities end there.

If you were getting a traditional crown, the next step would be to take an impression (mold) of your teeth with a putty-like material to construct a model on which to create the crown. With a same-day crown, we will simply give your teeth a light dusting of reflective powder and then use a small scanning wand attached to a computer to take digital impression of your mouth. In seconds, the computer will generate a highly accurate 3D model of your teeth. But it gets even better!

With the help of the CAD/CAM software, we will design your crown while you wait. We can even use the software to create a mirror-image twin of the same tooth on the other side of your mouth, for the most natural-looking result possible. We then choose a block of dental ceramic material in the shade that most closely matches your own teeth. The computer's digital design is transmitted to a milling machine that carves the crown from the ceramic block in about five minutes.

Once we have verified the fit and made any aesthetic enhancements we deem necessary to the crown's surface (staining and glazing, for example), we will bond the crown to your tooth. With a traditional crown, you would have to wear a temporary restoration for several weeks while the permanent crown was being fabricated at the lab. With a same-day crown, you walk out with the real deal.

Caring for Your Same-Day Crown

Crowned teeth require the same conscientious care as your natural teeth. Be sure to brush and floss between all of your teeth — restored and natural — every day to reduce the build-up of dental plaque. When you have crowns, it is even more important to maintain your regular schedule of cleanings here at the dental office. Avoid using your teeth as tools (to open packages, for example). If you have a grinding habit, wearing a nightguard would be a good idea to protect your teeth and your investment. A well-cared-for same-day crown will last for years to come.

The CEREC Difference 

Same-day restorations, like CEREC crowns, have been designed with the demands of modern life in mind. Very few patients have the time and resources available to come for multiple appointments or wait weeks for their permanent restoration. Eliminating the unnecessary wait time, cost of commutes and saving our patients valuable time makes same-day crowns our preferred approach. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: What are same-day crowns?
A: Same-day crowns are dental crowns that are designed, created, and fitted in a single dental visit, unlike traditional crowns that require multiple appointments. They are made using advanced computer-aided design and manufacturing technology (CAD/CAM), typically using a ceramic material. This technology allows for a faster, more efficient, and often more precise crown production compared to the traditional method.


Q: How long does the process take?
A: The entire process of getting a same-day crown typically takes about two to four hours. This includes preparing the tooth, taking digital impressions, designing the crown using CAD/CAM software, milling the crown in our Columbia dental office, and finally fitting and cementing the crown in place. This is significantly quicker than traditional crowns, which often require at least two visits spaced weeks apart.


Q: Are they as durable as traditional crowns?
A: Same-day crowns, usually made from high-quality ceramic, are very durable and can last as long as traditional crowns. The lifespan of any dental crown, regardless of which type it is, largely depends on good oral hygiene practices and avoiding habits like teeth grinding. However, the material used and the technology involved in same-day crowns make them comparable in strength and durability to traditional crowns.


Q: What are the advantages of same-day crowns over traditional crowns? A: The primary advantage of same-day restorations is convenience, as they eliminate the need for multiple dental visits and temporary crowns. They also offer a precise fit since they are digitally designed and manufactured. Additionally, the process is less invasive, as there is no need for physical dental impressions, which can be uncomfortable for some patients.


Q: Can anyone get a same-day dental crown?
A: While most patients are eligible there are some exceptions. Patients with particularly complex dental issues, such as severe tooth decay or a need for extensive tooth reshaping, might not be suitable candidates. Dr. Davis or Dr. Miller will evaluate your specific case to determine if a same-day restoration is the best option for you.


Q: Is the cost different from traditional crowns?
A: The cost of same-day crowns can be similar to or slightly higher than traditional crowns, depending on your specific case. However, considering the reduced number of visits and the elimination of the need for temporary crowns, the overall cost can be comparable when considering time and convenience factors.


Q: Are there any dietary restrictions after getting a same-day crown?
Immediately after the procedure, it's advisable to avoid eating until the anesthesia wears off to prevent accidental biting of the cheek or tongue. For the first 24 hours, it's recommended to consume softer foods and avoid very hot or cold beverages, as the tooth may be sensitive. While same-day crowns are durable, it's wise to avoid extremely hard, sticky, or chewy foods to prevent damage. Long-term, you can generally eat normally, but maintaining a balanced diet and avoiding excessive consumption of hard or sugary foods will help in preserving the crown and overall dental health - just like with natural teeth!


Transform Your Smile Faster With Same-Day Dental Crowns in Columbia, MO! 

If you've been hesitant about getting a crown because of the traditionally lengthy process, it doesn't need to be that way anymore! Thanks to CEREC technology, we can place same-day crowns that'll see you leaving your appointment with our cosmetic dentists in Columbia, MO, showing off a restored smile. Schedule your appointment today and give your smile the TLC it deserves!

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