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By Brenna Hamrick-Stotts, DDS, Inc.
March 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Get all of your questions answered about this speedy way to get a dental crown.crowns

Thought you would have to keep coming back again and again just to get a dental crown placed? Think again! Our Redlands, CA, dentist, Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts, understands that it isn’t always easy to schedule a dental appointment with your already hectic life, but trying to schedule multiple visits? It sounds downright impossible; however, getting proper dental care is important and if you need to restore a tooth with a dental crown then it’s time to find out how CEREC crowns can make this process a whole lot easier.

Q. What are same day crowns?

A. Same day crowns, also referred to as CEREC crowns, still look and function just like a traditional dental crown the only difference is that instead of having to wait to get your restoration our Redlands can measure your tooth, design and fabricate the crown, and then fit and place it in just one visit. Those dealing with fractured, cracked, weakened, or damaged teeth can now restore their tooth in just one quick trip to our office.

Q. What is the process of getting same day crowns?

A. Using CAD/CAM technology, we can design and make your crown on site. No more waiting around for an outside dental lab to create your crowns and no more having to wear those annoying temporary crowns while you wait. When you come into the office we will use a small camera to capture precise images and measurements of the tooth. These images become 3D renderings on the specialized computer software. These exact measurements will then help us design a crown that offers the perfect fit.

From there, we will choose a block of porcelain that most closely matches the shade of your tooth before placing it in the milling station and allowing it to get to work chiseling and creating your crown. Once the crown is complete, we will check the fit before cementing over your tooth.

Q. How long do same day crowns last?

A. Just like regular crowns, same day crowns offer the same longevity and durability. Of course, your oral hygiene and everyday habits will play a big part in the health of your crown. With the proper care, your CEREC crown could last 10 years or more.

Q. Why do I need a dental crown?

A. There are many people who can benefit from getting a crown. You may need a dental crown if:

  • You have severe or extensive decay and a filling won’t support the tooth
  • You have a tooth that has been damaged by trauma or direct impact
  • You have a cracked or fractured tooth
  • Years of teeth grinding have caused your teeth to become severely worn down
  • You have a tooth that is poorly shaped or terribly discolored

If you are ready to get your same-day crown in Redlands, CA, then it’s time you called our office and scheduled an appointment.

By Brenna Hamrick-Stotts, DDS, Inc.
January 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Thanks to the introduction of same day dental crowns, it's easier than ever to improve your smile. Dr. Brenna Hamrick Stotts, your dental crownsRedlands, CA, dentist, shares several advantages of the crowns.

The perfect solution for busy people

You've probably got better things to do than hanging around the dentist's office. With same day crowns, you no longer need to schedule two dental visits to receive a crown. If you've had a crown in the past, you know that the process used to involve two steps. During the first visit, your Redlands dentist filed your tooth, sent an impression of your mouth to a dental laboratory and created a temporary crown for you. Two or three weeks later, the lab sent the new crown to your dentist, and you returned to the office to receive your permanent crown. When you choose a same-day crown, you'll only need to visit the dentist once because your crown will be created in the office while you wait.

Forget about temporary crowns

Temporary crowns might just be the most inconvenient part of the crown process. Since hard or sticky foods can damage or loosen your temporary crown, it's best to avoid crusty bread, pizza, steak and many other of your favorite foods. Those two or weeks can seem very long when you have to think about every bite you take. Same day crowns eliminate the need for temporary crowns, making your life much easier.

Same day crowns offer high-tech benefits

Traditional crowns are made from impressions of your mouth made with a putty-like material. No putty is needed with you choose a same-day crown, thanks to computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM). Your dentist simply applies reflective powder to your teeth, then scans them with a wand. The wand generates a 3D digital image of your teeth, which she uses to create your crown. After she finishes the final step, the design is sent to a milling machine, which turns a block of ceramic into the perfect crown in just about five minutes. You'll leave the office with a brand new crown that blends in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.

Same day crowns offer all of the advantages of traditional crowns without the wait or mess. Call Dr. Hamrick Stotts, your Redlands, CA, dentist, at (909) 793-9711 to schedule an appointment for your new crown.