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Same-Day Crowns in Colorado Springs, CO

What Does CEREC Stand For?

CEREC stands for "Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic." Don't let the complex language confuse you. It's quite simple. CEREC is a method of using CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design/Manufacturing) to create dental crowns in just a few minutes at Tuttle Family Dentistry.

Using CEREC, you can get a dental crown in just one day. This is in contrast with lab-made crowns, which must be built at an outside facility and sent back to our office for final placement. This requires at least 2 appointments and includes a waiting period of up to 2-3 weeks. ‍

With CEREC, you avoid waiting entirely, and you can completely restore a damaged or decayed tooth in just a single 1-2 hour appointment at our Colorado Springs dental office. Contact us now to schedule an appointment and get started right away.

Benefits Of CEREC Crowns Over Lab-Made Crowns

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Immediate Treatment For Damaged Teeth

With CEREC technology, we can provide immediate care, which is particularly good if you have a dental emergency. If you break a tooth or lose a dental crown, you can just give us a call at (719) 282-6636 , schedule an appointment, and restore your smile immediately. This gives you relief from your pain and discomfort and helps prevent further complications.

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Enhanced Convenience & Comfort

There's no need for messy dental impressions using putty since a 3D scanner is used to take digital impressions of your tooth. The CEREC process is also much more convenient if you have a busy schedule since it takes just a single 1-2 hour appointment instead of two appointments over a period of several weeks.

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Sedation Available For All Patients

Although CEREC crowns are faster, more comfortable, and less invasive than lab-made crowns, we recognize that some people may still be nervous about getting a dental crown. That's why we offer sedation for all of our patients in Colorado Springs!

Our options included gas-based nitrous oxide (laughing gas) sedation and pill-based oral conscious sedation. Each type of sedation has different advantages and drawbacks, and you will need to consult with our team to discuss your health history before being approved for sedation. Contact us today to get started, and ensure you stay comfortable while you get a CEREC crown in Colorado Springs.

How Do I Take Care of My Same-Day Crowns?

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Immediately After

We use a numbing agent during crown placement which numbs your mouth. This will last for several hours and you should wait for it to wear off before eating or drinking hot liquids to avoid accidental injury.

Once your mouth is no longer numb, you should try to avoid foods that are especially hard, sticky, or crunchy for the first 48 hours. During this time, the dental cement holding the crowns in place is still hardening. 

Temporary tooth sensitivity may be a side effect that lasts for up to 2 weeks. This is because of inflammation caused by the drilling of your enamel to prepare your teeth for the crowns. This will subside but you can use anti-inflammatory pain medication for immediate relief.

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Long Term

Same-day crowns are made out of ceramic materials, which are fragile and prone to breakage if not properly looked after. You will need to practice good oral hygiene to prevent oral health problems. 

You will need to brush around the crown and gums two times a day with a soft bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste and floss around the crown at least once a day. Visiting the dentist every 6 months will ensure you prevent tooth decay and gum disease and that your crown stays in good shape. Your dentist can let you know if they notice any damage or if the crown is due for replacement.

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What Are the Benefits of CEREC Crowns?

CEREC crowns are highly aesthetic restorations, as they are made of tooth-colored ceramic which mimics the appearance of your natural teeth. CEREC crowns are also much faster and require just a single appointment for impressions, fabrication, and placement. 

Lab-made crowns require multiple appointments and long waiting times because an outside dental lab creates the dental crown. While you wait for your official crown, a temporary crown needs to be placed to protect your tooth. 

Since everything is done in the same appointment, there’s no need for a temporary crown. This eliminates many of the costs associated with additional appointments, materials, and dental labs.

We’re able to use digital scans to create a highly accurate 3D model of your teeth so there’s no need to wear uncomfortable putty around your teeth to take physical impressions. Our software and 3D printer are highly advanced technology so they will create precise dental crowns that fit your teeth perfectly. 

How Long Will My Crowns Last?

CEREC crowns have a comparable lifespan to lab-made crowns, lasting up to 15 years depending on their location and how well you care for them. To prevent breakage and make your crowns last as long as possible, avoid sources of stains such as smoking and staining foods and drinks. 

Teeth grinders are not good candidates for CEREC crowns unless you can commit to wearing a mouthguard to sleep every night. Avoid abrasive dental products and hard bristle toothbrushes. Limit your consumption of hard and sticky foods which can cause damage over time and don’t chew on your nails or use your teeth to open packages.

Find Out If Same-Day Crowns Are Right For You

Interested in improving your smile and repairing damaged teeth? Give us a call at Tuttle Family Dentistry to schedule a CEREC crown consultation with Dr. Bryant or Dr. Tuttle.