Rebuild Your Smile in a Single Appointment With Same-Day Crowns
If you are suffering from decayed or damaged teeth, Dr. Jim Craig offers same-day crowns to restore your smile to its full capacity. Using an on-site CEREC® machine at our Aurora, CO practice, we can design and create a permanent crown in a single visit so you can go home with a fully functional bite. Our team values your time and strives to provide treatment that is both efficient and high-quality.
What Is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are one of many options available to restore damaged teeth. While dental implants and bridges can replace entire teeth and tooth-colored fillings repair cavities, a dental crown shields an existing tooth by covering the entire visible surface from the gum line up. A dental crown can protect teeth from further damage, strengthen worn teeth and restore teeth after a root canal procedure. A dental crown covers the entire visible portion of a compromised tooth, giving it greater strength and protection from further damage.
The Basics of CEREC and Same-Day Crowns
In order to fit comfortably and provide effective protection, every dental crown must be shaped to the unique contours of the tooth. Traditionally, dentists would take physical impressions of your teeth and send them to off-site labs. There, a dental technician would fabricate the dental crown using these impressions as a guide. However, this process can typically take up to several weeks and require more than one appointment. In the interim, patients have to wear temporary restorations to prevent dental sensitivity.
Today, all impressions for crowns are taken digitally, eliminating the messiness (often referred to as “goop and gag”) of traditional physical impressions. CEREC (an acronym for chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics) speeds up your dental crown production, shortening the entire process from several weeks to about two hours or less. Our advanced in-office CEREC milling machine takes digital impressions of your teeth and creates a digital 3-D model of each tooth that needs repair. The machine can then immediately mill a new dental crown from medical-grade porcelain. As a bonus, we take all impressions for crowns digitally, eliminating the messiness of traditional physical impressions.
For the most realistic results, we color-match every dental crown to blend seamlessly with your neighboring teeth. Our in-office CEREC technology can manufacture a dental crown out of a single block of porcelain.
Benefits of Same-Day Crowns
- In addition to their convenience, same-day crowns provide a number of benefits, including:
- More accurate, comfortable fit
Digital impressions are precise and highly detailed. As a result, our measurements are more accurate and the resulting fit of the crown is more comfortable and need less adjustment.
- Metal-free options
Metal expands and contracts with fluctuating temperatures, which can undermine the strength of a dental crown restoration. Porcelain, on the other hand, maintains a consistent shape regardless of air temperature.
- No temporary dental crown
By eliminating the waiting period between taking impressions and placing the final crown, Dr. Craig removes the need for ill-fitting, temporary dental crowns that can come loose quickly due to their poor fitting.
- Natural-looking results
The smooth, translucent quality of porcelain mimics the shade and texture of natural enamel on real teeth. This material provides incredibly lifelike results. While both traditional and same-day crowns have a similar lifespan, same-day crowns allow patients to begin enjoying the benefits of that durability much sooner.
“My boyfriend and I both go to Summerbrook Dental and I can not say enough good things about this place. The staff is very friendly and so welcoming. I always get so nervous going to the dentist but they always seem to calm my nerves when I get in the chair. Colleen did an awesome job with my deep cleaning… Brook made sure they looked perfect which I appreciate. I have to have some more work done and I can’t wait to go back. Thank you to all of you at the office.” ~ Crystal G.
What to Expect During Your Visit
After administering a local anesthetic to help keep you comfortable, the dentist will first trim the enamel a bit to make room for the new dental crown. Once a sufficient amount of enamel has been removed to compensate for the thickness of the dental crown, we take digital impressions of the tooth. Our CEREC machine will use these digital scans to design a digital model of the new crown that closely matches your natural tooth. The dentist can then select the right shade of porcelain that matches and blends with your natural teeth.
After the dental crown has been milled, the dentist can place the crown to check its fit. Any adjustments can be made at this time. If no modifications are needed, your dentist can bond the same-day crown in place to reveal your fully functional smile.
Take Advantage of Same-Day Crowns Today
Same-day crowns can reduce the length of treatment and provide immediate results. To find out how you can benefit from same-day crowns, contact our office online or at (303) 693-1215 and schedule an appointment. Our team of experienced professionals at Summerbrook Dental Group in Aurora looks forward to helping you achieve the beautiful, healthy smile you have always wanted.
We welcome patients from Aurora, Colorado Springs, Denver, Lakewood, Thornton and close-by communities.