Get A Crown In A Day
To begin the process, your mouth will be cleaned and numbed, and you can also choose to be sedated if you would like. Then, Dr. Tuttle will remove any damaged enamel from your tooth, and scan it using a hand-held 3D CEREC scanner.
The scan from this device will then be uploaded into a computer, where your CEREC crown will be designed by Dr. Tuttle. Once the design has been finalized, a small piece of tooth-colored porcelain is loaded into a small automated milling machine in our office. This machine follows the design instructions to sculpt a porcelain crown out of the block in just a few minutes.
Finally, Dr. Tuttle will remove the dental crown from the CEREC machine, and make sure it fits your tooth. If the fit is perfect, it will be bonded into place permanently with dental cement, completing the procedure.
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.
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.
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.