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CEREC Same Day Crowns

If you need a dental crown but are hesitant to spend weeks waiting for your restoration, we have good news for you. CEREC technology dramatically improves the process for dental crowns in Lacey. Forget the days when you needed two appointments with a temporary crown in between. To repair a damaged or severely decayed tooth, same-day dentistry is possible from your doctor at Peterson & Cammack!

When Dental Crowns Are Necessary

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering that fits directly over a damaged tooth. Sometimes called a cap, it completely surrounds the affected tooth down to the gum line. Dental crowns that are made from natural-looking ceramic blend flawlessly with the surrounding tooth enamel, making them a suitable solution for teeth in the front of the smile, too.

Some of the most frequent applications of a dental crown include…

  • Restoring a tooth after significant decay
  • Holding together parts of a broken tooth
  • Restoring strength to a weak or worn tooth
  • Making cosmetic improvements
  • As the final step in root canal
  • For sturdy tooth replacement

Traditionally, the process for a dental crown requires two visits to the dentist with a week or two of waiting in between. The permanent crown is manufactured in the meantime -- and a temporary crown covers the affected tooth. Unfortunately, the temporary crown may break easily, requiring yet another visit to the dentist. CEREC offers a better alternative.

CEREC Improves the Process for Dental Crowns

CEREC (chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics) significantly reduces the time it takes to create your dental crown. In just one visit, your doctor can efficiently prepare for, manufacture, and place your restoration, all from the comfort of Peterson & Cammack’s state-of-the-art office.

CEREC uses digital impressions to recreate a 3D image of your oral anatomy. After your doctor has removed any decay and reshaped your tooth enamel in preparation for its crown, the images are captured. Digital impressions are far more comfortable than the traditional method, which may be all but intolerable for patients with sensitive gag reflexes.

Once we have a digital model of your tooth and its surrounding structures, your doctor sketches a model of the dental crown and feeds this information into the CEREC milling machine. Then, in less than half an hour, your dental crown is manufactured from a single block of porcelain.

The benefits of CEREC same-day dentistry are significant. Some of the most apparent include…

  • Save time, vacation, and sick days by getting your crown in just one visit to the dentist.
  • Digital impressions are far more comfortable than the traditional method.
  • Highly accurate digital imagery improves the planning process for better results overall.
  • Porcelain crowns blend beautifully with the surrounding tooth enamel.

Patients who need a dental crown are typically good candidates for CEREC same-day dentistry.

Dental Crown FAQs

As you prepare to receive a CEREC dental crown, you may feel excited about the opportunity to have a fully restored smile in just one appointment. You may also still have many questions about the process and what life will be like after having your customized restoration secured into place. Fortunately, our team at Peterson and Cammack Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is here to help! Below you will find a list of common questions asked by our patients. Designed to give you further insight into CEREC dental crowns, if you do not see your question listed below, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team.

How long will a CEREC dental crown last?

Just because CEREC crowns are quick to produce doesn’t mean they lack durability. As long as you commit to taking proper care of your teeth at home as well as maintain your regular dental checkup and cleaning appointments, you can expect your customized restoration to last many years. Its durability and strength allow you to feel more confident when eating, speaking, and smiling and will leave you feeling better about your smile once it’s firmly in place.

Will a CEREC crown look natural?

Yes! At Peterson and Cammack Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we believe in using only the very best materials possible. During the planning phase of treatment, our team will work to match the shade of your new tooth to your remaining tooth enamel. Because these dental crowns are made of porcelain, you can expect your restoration to blend in with the rest of your smile, making it virtually impossible for anyone to tell a difference between your real and artificial teeth.

How long should I expect my appointment to take?

One of the greatest benefits of choosing CEREC crowns is that you only need one appointment. Of course, you may be wondering how long this appointment will take, especially if your crown is being created while you wait. On average, you can expect to remain at our office for 1-2.5 hours. The process of creating the actual dental crown can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, but don’t worry, you are free to use your phone, bring a book, or even watch your favorite show while you wait.

Will dental insurance cover the cost of my CEREC crown?

Depending on your dental insurance plan, it is possible that your CEREC crown will be covered. Much of this is based on your insurer, whether you’ve met your deductible, and how much of your annual maximum you’ve used. Our team will be more than happy to review your policy and help you maximize your benefits to help you save the most money. If you prefer, we can also work on your behalf with your insurance company so that you get the answers you need to make the right decision for your dental health. If your insurer does not cover the cost or you need help to pay the remaining out-of-pocket expenses, we accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and accept payment through CareCredit, which is a third-party financier that offers low and no interest payment plans.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Don’t delay your necessary dental work because you don’t want to spend two weeks waiting for a dental crown. Same-day dentistry with CEREC in Lacey is an excellent option. Contact us to schedule an appointment for a one visit crown today!