Same Day Crowns in Spokane Valley, WA
Traditional dental crowns typically require two or more appointments over a period of two weeks. Messy impressions must be taken of the damaged or decayed tooth and sent to a dental laboratory to construct the restoration. In the meantime, a temporary restoration must be placed so patients don’t have to go toothless. It takes between two and three weeks for the off-site dental laboratory to create the restoration. When the permanent restoration has been prepared, patients must return to Dr. Love’s office and have the temporary restoration removed and the permanent restoration placed.
As you can see, this process is time-consuming and inconvenient for patients with busy lives. Moreover, thanks to the development of CEREC technology, the traditional process is outdated. Using the CEREC system, Dr. Love can fit, construct and place custom, high-quality crowns in a single appointment right in his own office.
Special Advantages of CEREC Same-Day Restorations
- No need to wait two to three weeks while permanent restorations are being crafted
- No temporary restorations
- No messy dental impressions
- Fewer dental visits to achieve the desired results
- Fast and convenient treatment
- Opportunity for immediate feedback about restorations and implementation
- Natural-looking, high-quality restorations that fit and function perfectly
How CEREC Technology Works
The first step of the CEREC process is to capture pictures of the affected tooth. Instead of taking and sending messy impressions to an off-site dental laboratory to fabricate the crown, these pictures are converted into a three-dimensional model using state-of-the-art computer software. With the help of an extensive database and comparisons of the surrounding teeth, the software approximates the shape of the crown to be created. Dr. Love can play around with this based on the patient’s unique specifications.
Once the design and dimensions have been confirmed, the information is transferred to the in-office milling machine. Dr. Love selects a block of beautiful and durable porcelain in a shade that matches the surrounding teeth. Then, the milling machine constructs the crown in just a few minutes, with a fit more precise than anything that comes from an off-site laboratory.
Once the crown has been prepared, Dr. Love places it on the patient’s tooth and permanently cements it into place with a strong dental adhesive. He makes any adjustments for comfort or fit, and polishes the porcelain so it has translucence similar to the surrounding natural teeth.
CEREC technology is extremely advanced; however, the process requires the skill and expertise of a talented cosmetic dentist. Dr. Love is thoroughly trained in CEREC technology and uses his artistic eye to produce results that look and feel fantastic.
Frequently Asked Questions About CEREC Crowns
What is a “same-day” crown?
A same-day crown refers to a crown that takes a single visit to plan, construct and place. Unlike traditional crowns, which require at least two different appointments (separated by a few weeks) and outsourcing the work to an outside dental laboratory, CEREC same-day crowns only require one appointment and can be constructed in-house.
When are CEREC crowns used?
CEREC crowns are used to protect and strengthen teeth that have sustained structural damage or developed decay. They are often placed on teeth that are badly cracked, chipped or broken or teeth that have developed cavities.
What are CEREC crowns made of?
CEREC crowns are constructed from high-quality, beautiful porcelain. The porcelain is very strong, bonds well to tooth enamel and looks extremely lifelike and beautiful.
How long does it take to place a CEREC crown?
CEREC crowns are designed, fitted and placed in a single appointment. Patients do not need temporaries and can leave the appointment with their permanent crowns.
Does it hurt to get a CEREC crown?
The process of getting a CEREC crown is not painful. The affected area of the mouth is numbed to prevent discomfort. Initially after getting a CEREC crown, patients may have some sensitivity to heat or cold, but this is usually temporary.
What if I need a root canal?
Root canal therapy can usually be performed during the same appointment to get a CEREC crown.
How long do CEREC crowns last?
CEREC crowns rival traditional crowns in terms of longevity. As long as they are properly placed and well cared-for, CEREC crowns can last a very long time. These crowns have been known to last anywhere from five to 15 years. CEREC crowns are fitted and adjusted on the spot to achieve the best possible fit, which reduces the likelihood of experiencing problems in the future.
What type of care do CEREC crowns require?
The proper care can preserve the integrity and appearance of CEREC crowns. Crowns must be brushed and flossed daily. Patients should avoid chewing on very hard foods or other objects or using their teeth to open bottles or packages. Patients with a history of tooth grinding or clenching should get fitted for a custom mouth guard to wear at night. Patients should have their crowns checked by a dentist every six months to a year.
Will my crown look like my natural teeth?
CEREC crowns are customized to conform to the patient’s individual specifications. Dr. Love carefully color-matches CEREC crowns to the surrounding natural teeth and ensures the crown has the same contours, shape and size as the rest of the teeth in the mouth. The differences between CEREC crowns and natural teeth are imperceptible.
Are all CEREC crowns of the same quality?
The fit, look and longevity of a CEREC crown depends on the experience and skill of the provider. Dr. Love is very experienced with CEREC technology and is devoted to providing his patients with beautiful, lasting crowns. He is happy to talk to patients about what differentiates him from other CEREC dentists.
Contact Dr. Ryan Love
For more information about CEREC same-day crowns, please call (509) 928-2525 or email our practice.
Dr. Love believes that the right dental technology can make treatment quicker, safer and more comfortable for his patients. He invests in high-tech systems and tools that help him to be more efficient and treatment outcomes more accurate.
The revolutionary CEREC system enables him to plan, create and place top-quality crowns and bridges in a single visit. Tools such as cone beam CT scans help Dr. Love to capture three-dimensional images of the teeth, soft tissues and bone of the jaw for more precise treatment planning. Systems like the Sirona guided implant system help Dr. Love carefully map out treatment for more predictable dental implant results. Thanks to these key pieces of technology, Dr. Love’s patients save considerable time, money and effort on dental treatment.
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