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.
Dental crowns are one of many options available to restore damaged teeth. While dental implants replace entire teeth and fillings repair cavities, crowns shield an existing tooth by covering the entire visible surface. They can protect teeth from further damage, strengthen worn teeth, and restore teeth after a root canal procedure.
In order to fit comfortably and provide effective protection, every crown must be shaped to the unique contours of a tooth. Traditionally, dentists would take physical impressions of your teeth and send them to an off-site lab. There, a dental technician would fabricate the crown, using the impressions as a guide. However, this process can take up to several weeks and require more than one appointment. In the interim, patients would have to wear temporary restorations to prevent dental sensitivity.
All impressions for crowns are taken digitally, eliminating the messiness of traditional physical impressions.
CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) speeds up crown production from several weeks to about two hours. This in-office milling machine takes impressions of your teeth and creates a digital, 3-D model of the tooth in need of repair. It can then immediately mill the crown from medical-grade porcelain. As a bonus, all impressions for crowns are taken digitally, eliminating the messiness of traditional physical impressions. For realistic results, every crown is color-matched to blend seamlessly with neighboring teeth.
An in-office CEREC unit can manufacture a crown out of a single block of porcelain.
In addition to their convenience, same-day crowns provide a number of benefits, including:
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.
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After administering a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable, the doctor will first trim the enamel to make room for a dental crown. Once a sufficient amount has been removed, we can take digital impressions of the tooth. The CEREC machine will use these scans to design a digital model of a crown that closely matches your tooth. The doctor can then select a shade of porcelain that blends with your natural teeth.
After the crown has been milled, the doctor can place the crown to check its fit. Any adjustments can be made at this time. If no modifications are needed, your doctor can bond the crown in place to reveal your fully functional smile.
Same-day crowns can reduce the length of treatment and provide immediately results. To find out how you can benefit from same-day restorations, contact our office online or at (303) 693-1215 and schedule an appointment. Our team at Summerbrook Dental Group looks forward to helping you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.
Dr. Craig is a one-of-a-kind dentist. I hate dental work more than anyone I know, and in his caring hands, I am finally on the road to good dental health...I have never been in any kind of pain. He simply won't allow it.