If you have a lost crown or a broken tooth, you can leave our office with a natural-looking, same-day crown. Dr. Finley crafts crowns in minutes to help you smile with confidence again—in just one visit.
What Is a Same-Day Crown?
Although it only takes one visit, your same-day crown will be a high-quality customized restoration for your tooth. The results are predictable for several reasons:
- We use CEREC® in-office CAD/CAM technology to take 3-D impressions of your teeth for a precisely fitting crown.
- High-quality ceramic is used to craft the crown. The crowns are metal free, too.
- The high-quality material and digital technology ensure the crown will fit well and be comfortable.
Unlike the traditional method, you won’t wear a temporary crown. Not only do temporary crowns tend to be uncomfortable, they sometimes come off prematurely. With CEREC, there is no need to send your case to a dental lab. So you won’t need a second appointment to receive your new crown.
How Is a One-Visit Crown Made?
- After Dr. Finley removes decay or damage from your tooth, he will taper it in preparation for the crown.
- He will scan your teeth with a handheld, intraoral scanner that provides a 3-D model for precise crown sculpting and placement.
- Dr. Finley will select a block of porcelain that matches your tooth color.
- Using our in-office CEREC milling machine, he will use the digital model to craft a crown that fits perfectly and matches the characteristics of your natural teeth.
- He will add finishing touches to your same-day crown to ensure it looks natural.
How Long Will It Take?
After we take digital x-rays and prepare your tooth, the same-day crown will be made while you wait—in about twenty minutes. When your crown is ready, Dr. Finley will place it over your tooth to ensure it fits well and feels right. If it’s comfortable, he will bond it to your natural tooth. You’ll leave our office with a new, natural-looking crown.
Preserving Your Same-Day Crown
If you are diligent about maintaining good oral hygiene, your same-day crown can last ten to twenty years.
- Floss daily and brush twice a day to remove plaque and food debris from your teeth and gums.
- Let us know if you clench or grind your teeth so that we can provide a custom nightguard to wear while you’re asleep. It will help preserve your crown.
- Maintain your regularly scheduled appointments for dental cleanings and exams to ensure your teeth are healthy and your crown is in good condition.
Call us to schedule an appointment for a same-day crown or complete our Request an Appointment form.