Using Advanced Technology to Give You a Healthy, Beautiful Smile
Technology is constantly changing and improving medical and dental treatments, and dental crowns are no exception. In recent years, the materials and methods involved in crafting and placing dental crowns have improved greatly, allowing modern dental crowns to be more durable, convenient, and natural-looking than ever before. CEREC same day crowns are one of these game-changing advances. These crowns, especially when they’re designed by a skilled prosthodontist who is well known for their artistry and experience, provide many advantages when compared to traditional dental crowns.
At Staley Dental, we offer same day crowns to ensure that you have the best experience possible at our office and that you love your results. Here are 5 advantages of getting CEREC same day crowns from Staley Dental.
Since same day crowns are designed, milled, and placed all in a single visit, they’re incredibly time-efficient and convenient. They save you the time and energy you’d otherwise spend at a second dental appointment as well as the time it’d take for you to drive to and from that appointment. Your time is valuable, and we know there are plenty of ways you need and want to be spending it. Same day crowns save you time and make it easier for you to fit your treatment into your schedule. This prevents you from having to take more time off work than necessary, which actively saves you money or gives you extra free time to spend with your family and friends.
Instead of using putty to take impressions of your teeth, the CEREC system uses digital images to create incredibly accurate 3D models of your bite. This eliminates the mess from dental putty, but it’s also a much faster and more comfortable process. Just as importantly, the digital model it creates is more accurate and gives Dr. Staley the tools he needs to design a crown that fits perfectly over your tooth and functions naturally in your bite as a whole. CEREC’s software allows him to look at how your crown will interact with nearby teeth and allows him to make adjustments as necessary. Once it’s designed, your crown is precision-milled right in our office. All of this ensures that your crown fits so comfortably that it feels completely natural.
Plus, since your permanent crown is milled and placed on your tooth right away, you get to skip the sometimes uncomfortable stage of treatment that requires you to wear a temporary crown. Temporary crowns can sometimes cause tooth sensitivity or make chewing awkward because they don’t fit into your bite quite right, so getting to skip this stage and immediately receive a permanent crown that fits naturally instead is a huge improvement!
Same day crowns are milled from porcelain, which is an incredibly durable material. It isn’t indestructible, but it can stand up to the same daily wear and tear that your natural teeth can — and in some ways, it’s even better! For example, porcelain is stain-resistant, so drinks like coffee don’t stain it as easily as they stain your teeth. Even though it’s incredibly durable, it’s best to take care of your dental crown just like you do your natural teeth! Don’t use your crowns or natural teeth as tools to open packaging or bottles or to crunch down on hard items like ice. This protects both your crown and natural teeth from damage!
Aside from the material itself, a crown’s fit also impacts its potential lifespan. A crown that fits incredibly well, such as those that CEREC’s digital model allows Dr. Staley to design, provides a truly effective seal against oral bacteria. It also allows the crown to function more naturally, putting less strain on it and, thus, causing less wear over the years. This improves the function of the crown and protects it as well as the tooth beneath it from damage, helping it to last even longer.
Just like your natural teeth, your crown also needs regular oral hygiene to help it last as long as possible. This means you should floss your teeth at least once daily, brush your teeth for two minutes twice daily, and use mouthwash by following the instructions on your bottle. You should also visit Dr. Staley for a dental evaluation every six months, as he can identify issues with your crown or your oral health in general before they become larger problems. Porcelain is so durable that when you follow these tips, these crowns can last an average of 10 to 15 years, though they have the potential to last even longer!
When it comes to preparing your tooth, CEREC same day crowns have a leg up on traditional crowns. They require Dr. Staley to remove less of your natural tooth structure, which may sound like a small detail, but it’s actually better for your long-term oral health! The more of your natural tooth structure that you’re able to save, the better. How do CEREC crowns manage this, though? It comes down to the customized, detailed fit of the crown and the strength of the porcelain it’s made from. Since the porcelain is strong and durable, your crown doesn’t need to be as thick. This, paired with its better fit, results in a thinner crown that is more tailored for what you need while saving as much of your natural tooth structure as possible.
Porcelain isn’t just incredibly durable, it also mimics the appearance of natural teeth incredibly well. It can be tinted and buffed to match the shade and gloss of your natural teeth, helping it blend in with your natural smile. The CEREC system’s CAD/CAM technology, which stands for Computer Assisted Design/Computer Assisted Milling, also plays a major role in ensuring that your new crown has natural beauty. The tool allows Dr. Staley to design your crown specifically for you so that it fits your unique needs and wants. Every aspect of your crown, from its shape and size to its shade, is designed with you in mind to create a final result that is just as unique to you as your natural teeth are! The result is a smile that doesn’t just have restored function and health, but that maintains its natural beauty.
Same day crowns allow Dr. Staley to create and place a strong, durable, and uniquely beautiful crown in a single appointment. At Staley Dental, we know just how valuable using advanced technology like this can be to keeping your smile healthy and providing you with better, more convenient treatments. If you’d like to learn more from a Boise, ID, dentist about how same day crowns could help restore the health, function, and beauty of your smile in half the time of traditional crowns, feel free to call and schedule a consultation with Dr. Staley at any time!