Convenient, Beautiful Same-day Crowns
Drs. John Fatse and John Scovic can restore the balance of your bite and the beauty of your smile with convenient same-day crowns at our Monroe, CT, practice. Having completed over 6,000 CEREC® crowns, our dentists have extensive experience with this amazing, time-saving technology. We know your time is a precious, irreplaceable commodity, so two dental visits for one crown can be frustrating. Fortunately, if your case calls for an all-ceramic restoration, you will only need to schedule one visit and you will not have to wear a temporary. To schedule your appointment or learn more about CEREC® technology, contact our dental office today.
Causes for Needing a Crown
Tooth enamel and the underlying dentin need to be protected after treatment for a cavity or crack. After sustaining damage, a tooth’s potential for greater damage increases. A crack, for instance, can enlarge and cause a tooth to break or expose the sensitive roots, inviting bacteria to infect the tooth. Decay can spread as well, not only within a tooth but to surrounding teeth and gum tissue. In some cases, an existing filling or crown fails, and must be replaced. All of these instances may necessitate a dental crown to restore a tooth’s health, structural integrity, appearance, and comfortable function.
Crowns are also applied to correct malocclusion or an improperly functioning bite, which occurs when the top and bottom teeth do not fit together appropriately when the mouth is closed. Malocclusion can worsen with time and contribute to bruxism (teeth grinding) or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
Following root canal therapy, a crown is placed over the affected tooth to cap off and seal the entry point for the procedure. Additionally, crowns are the support component for traditional bridge prosthetics.
The CEREC® Revolution
Until CEREC® technology, getting a dental crown involved at least two office visits. At the first visit, the tooth was prepared, a dental impression was taken with messy dental mold material, and a temporary crown was placed. The patient wore the temporary while a lab created the permanent crown. Once the lab-designed crown was delivered to the dentist’s office, the patient would have another appointment to remove the temporary, secure the permanent crown, and check for functionality.
CEREC® technology has revolutionized this process by employing digital impressions and in-office milling of durable porcelain blocks for same-day crowns. In a single visit, a patient can now have a custom-fitted, natural-looking dental crown permanently attached.
What to Expect at Your Visit
If you need a crown, the dentist can show you his findings on a monitor in the treatment room, so you will fully understand your dental condition and why a crown is the best option. In most cases, we will schedule your crown for a second appointment, and you can expect that visit to last about an hour and a half.
At the same-day crown appointment, we will make you comfortable and administer local anesthetic, then prepare your tooth with our dental laser. A digital impression will be taken for the CEREC® milling machine to fabricate a crown that will fit snugly on your prepared tooth. The doctor will select a shade of porcelain block that matches your smile. Once the crown is ready, your dentist will bond it permanently in place and check your bite. He will make any necessary adjustments and you will leave the appointment with your new crown in place.
Schedule an Appointment
Drs. Fatse and Sovic, along with the rest of our team, are dedicated to patient comfort and satisfaction, as well as long-term oral health. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and learn more about whether a crown is right for you.