Once your adult teeth come in, they’re designed to provide a lifetime of service, but life often throws curveballs that jeopardize your dental health. Whether an accident, decay, or disease has compromised your tooth (or teeth), the odds are that a dental crown can play a pivotal role in restoring full form and function to your mouth. And now you can get your crown in just one visit thanks to our advanced CEREC technology.
At Peninsula Dental Excellence, Drs. Jeff Yoshihara and Colin Au lead a team of specialists that provides you with the tools you need to safeguard your dental health. From preventive dentistry to restorative dentistry, our goal is to ensure that you can smile with confidence knowing that your teeth perform well and look great. And dental crowns play no small role in this effort.
Here’s a look at how we can quickly and easily protect your teeth using same-day crowns.
The many uses of a dental crown
A dental crown is a cap that we place over an existing tooth or implant that fits in seamlessly with your surrounding teeth. Made mostly of ceramic and/or porcelain, we use dental crowns to:
- Protect a tooth that’s had considerable dental work
- Cap a tooth that’s had a root canal procedure
- Provide stability for bridges
- Cover a misshapen or discolored tooth
- Cover a dental implant
As you can see by this list, dental crowns can accomplish a wide range of objectives, from protecting existing teeth to supporting prosthetic teeth. No matter what role they play, crowns are designed to look and perform like your original tooth, allowing you to smile, chew, and talk with ease.
Getting a crown is easier than ever
Traditionally, if you needed a crown, we would complete the necessary work to prepare your tooth and then take an impression of your tooth, which we sent off to a lab for manufacture. In the meantime, we would provide you with a temporary crown while you waited for your custom permanent crown to be made, which could take a week or more.
Today, we’ve condensed this entire process into just one visit thanks to our CEREC technology, which stands for chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics.
With CEREC, we create your crown right here in our offices thanks to an advanced milling unit we have on-site. After preparing your tooth, we use computer-aided design and manufacturing to create a digital impression of your tooth. From there, we can design a crown that will blend in with your existing teeth and then we send that information to our milling unit, which goes to work to create your permanent crown.
Once your crown is ready, we bond it into place, making any necessary adjustments to ensure both fit and function.
Taking care of your crown
Once you leave our office with your new crown, you should take care of it as you would your natural teeth with vigilant at-home care — regular brushing, rinsing, and flossing.
In most cases, dental crowns last 10-15 years, or more. Should your crown wear down or come loose, you can simply return to our office for another same-day crown.
If you’d like to learn more about CEREC same-day crowns, please contact our office in Mountain View, California, to set up an appointment.