One-Visit Convenience With Same-Day Crowns
At Pennino Family Dentistry, as your dentist in Barrington we are always on the lookout for technology that helps make your visits more comfortable and convenient. And with CEREC same-day crowns, we’ve done both!
Before we go into the amazing technology of same-day crowns, let’s start with a primer on dental crowns and what they’re used for.
Here’s A Rundown On Crowns And Bridges
If you’re concerned that damaged, discolored, or missing teeth are making you look older and less healthy, there are effective ways to restore your smile. Dental crowns can do wonders for smile makeovers and can boost your self-confidence.
A dental crown is a strong replica of a normal tooth, and it can be made of gold or other metals but is usually made from materials that look like your natural tooth enamel. It can be used to cover, strengthen, and protect a damaged tooth. Beautiful porcelain is a strong material that cosmetic dental crowns are made from. These can cover slightly crooked teeth, gapped teeth, or teeth that have experienced extensive wear due to time, grinding, or clenching your teeth.
To recap, dental crowns are used to:
- Restore and strengthen damaged, misshapen, or discolored teeth, or teeth whose strength is compromised by too many fillings or have undergone root canal therapy.
- Cover unsightly stains, correct the appearance of individual teeth, or when used as part of a full-mouth restoration, change the look of your entire smile.
- Replace missing teeth when used in combination with a dental implant, while protecting you from shifting teeth or to halt the bone loss that comes with missing teeth.
- Make you look more youthful by replacing missing teeth, restoring your natural face shape and tooth alignment, and repairing your bite.
As a restoration or a cosmetic treatment, crowns are a versatile choice that have helped many people just like you enjoy smiling again.
To fill in gaps left by teeth lost to trauma, gum disease, or developmental issues, crowns are combined with one or more artificial teeth to create an appliance called a dental bridge. Crowns are placed on the teeth on either side of the space and the artificial tooth or teeth bridge the gap. They look and feel like your own teeth, and no one would know there were ever any teeth missing. A stable, fixed bridge has no clasps and is usually preferred to a removable bridge.
Typically getting a crown or bridge takes more than one appointment. First, we do a thorough examination and prepare the neighboring teeth for the crown or crown & bridge restoration. An impression or replica of your mouth is taken so the bridge can be custom designed by an expert lab technician. At your second appointment, the crown or bridge is trimmed and adjusted before it is fixed in place. We take care to match color and appearance, and to restore your bite so neighboring teeth don’t have to work overtime. The end result? A healthy, happy smile for many years to come.
A Not So New Alternative … Same-Day Crowns
At Pennino Family Dentistry, we’re very proud to offer you the world’s most advanced dental restoration system.
The word CEREC is derived from CEramic REConstruction – the replacement of missing tooth substance with ceramic material. It’s tooth-colored, translucent, and biocompatible.
And with more than three decades of use and a company dedicated to continually improving their technology, the CEREC system has helped millions of people find their most-beautiful smile – in less time.
With it, we can manufacture truly lifelike porcelain crowns right here in our office, often in just a few hours! Previously, these types of tooth reconstructions required at least two or three appointments. Now, entire procedures take place in only one day.
How Do CEREC Same-Day Crowns Work?
The CEREC same-day crowns restoration system uses digital technology to take a 3-D image of your teeth and mills a porcelain block – right here in our office – into a beautiful and functional restoration that looks and acts like a natural tooth.