A dental crown is a restoration used to rebuild a tooth that is severely damaged. A crown or cap encases the entire tooth and brings back function and appearance. Your Longmeadow, MA dentist may recommend a crown if the tooth can no longer support a filling or inlay/onlay, or much of the tooth’s structure is missing.
Traditional crowns are designed and made in advance in a dental laboratory and placed at a later date. Your dentist will take impressions or molds of your teeth and send the mold to the ceramicist who will create the custom crown by hand. It requires time and meticulous attention to detail to make a crown that fits perfectly and looks natural.
It may take several days or even weeks for the crown to be made, however. As an alternative, Dr. Dores offers same-day crowns and restorations that are made and placed in one appointment. This is perfect for patients who don’t have time for repeat appointments or those who want their dental work completed in one visit.
We offer a lot of technology here at the practice. We do same day crowns where a patient can come in for a crown appointment and leave with a finished crown in under two hours.
It avoids having to have a temporary crown, and the hassles of a temporary crown, where the crown will come off and have to go back to the dentist and have it recemented, and then when the permanent crown comes, that might not fit and you might have to take it for an impression; whereas the same day crown technology avoids all of that and it gets done in one appointment.
Dr. Dores uses the revolutionary CEREC (Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic) system to create crowns in one day. The computerized system features computer-aided design and a milling machine that carves the crown out of a block of ceramic.
First, your dentist will clean the area, remove decay, shape the tooth, and take 3D pictures with a tiny scanner. The 3D images are forwarded to the CEREC computer, and Dr. Dores uses it to create a model of the permanent crown. When ready, the model is sent to the milling machine that “reads” the instructions and makes the crown. In just a few minutes, the crown is ready to be placed, fitted and adjusted. No temporary crowns and no waiting!