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Dental crowns are very common dental appliances. More than 15 million people in the U.S. have at least one crown. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped prosthetic that is put over a weakened tooth to protect what’s left of it. When a tooth breaks or is severely decayed, the bacteria in one’s mouth can get into the tooth’s sensitive structures and cause an infection. A dental crown restores your natural bite while preventing damage and infection to the remaining part of the tooth.
A crown can also be put on teeth to hold a dental bridge in place. If you’re missing one or two teeth and your dentist recommends a bridge, they will shape the teeth on either side of the missing or broken teeth and apply crowns to them. The crowns will be used to support the structure of the bridge and help it stay in place.
Sometimes dentists will use onlays or inlays instead of a crown to restore a tooth if enough of the tooth is left. Onlays and inlays are composite appliances that rebuild the tooth so its shape and structure are consistent with the surrounding teeth.
My crown fell out! What do I do now?
Losing a crown can be painful, and it leaves your tooth exposed to bacteria that can cause an infection. If you lose a crown, it needs to be replaced as quickly as possible to prevent adverse oral health issues. Getting a crown replaced is typically a process that involves several visits to the dentist.
First, the dentist will assess how much natural tooth is left and decide whether it’s enough to support a new crown. Then they’ll take an impression of the broken tooth, order a custom crown to be made just for you, and send you home with a temporary crown in place. The fabrication of your new crown is often done in an outside lab and takes a couple of weeks to complete. At the next appointment, the dentist will finally put the crown on.
Luckily, thanks to modern technology, you don’t have to sit through multiple appointments to get a new crown. You can get a CEREC crown installed in just one visit any time you lose or need a crown.
What is CEREC?
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic and can be used to restore a crown, bridge, onlay, or inlay. Any type of restorative dental work that can break, come off, or become loose can now be quickly replaced with a custom-made appliance for your teeth, thanks to CEREC.
How does CEREC work?
When you have a dental emergency and you need a new crown, make an appointment with a dentist who is skilled in using CEREC’s cutting-edge dental technology. At your appointment, the dentist will use a scanner to take a digital impression of your broken tooth.
Then, the dentist will custom-design a crown or appliance for you using CAD/CAM, which stands for Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing. Your unique dental appliance will be designed and created in real-time by computers and a 3-D printer. As soon as the appliance has been made, the dentist will install it in your mouth.
The use of this modern dental technology means you’ll only have to go to the dentist once to receive your new crown.
The Advantages of CEREC Dentistry
CEREC dental technology has several advantages, including:
- You only need to visit the dentist once, so you don’t need to take a lot of time off from work or burn through your PTO.
- Your dentist can create a high-quality crown that fits the exact specifications of your mouth with a computer. With no chance of human error, your crown will fit your mouth perfectly.
- You can receive a new crown on the same day you lose your old one, meaning your teeth will have less exposure to potential infection or breakage.
- You won’t need to spend a lot of money on temporary crowns or take other measures to protect your teeth and provide pain relief while you wait for a permanent fix.
The Barr and Diachenko dental team is ready to help you restore your smile.
It can be difficult to find a dentist who is certified in CEREC dentistry and has the technology in-house to practice CEREC dentistry. But Barr and Diachenko Dental Associates offer CEREC dentistry in the Chicago area, and same-day appointments are often available. Call today if you need a crown placed or replaced fast.