Four Great Uses For A Same-Day Dental Crown

August 8, 2016

Imagine for a moment that you hired a professional painter to redo your living room.

Now imagine he comes in and puts on a layer of primer. You know this needs time to dry before he can finish. You ask him to estimate when he will be done, and he replies that he should be able to come back in a couple weeks to finish.

Would you find that acceptable?

And yet, many people do accept something similar with restorative dental care. At Hillcrest Family Dentistry, we don’t think it should take weeks to finish the process of getting a dental crown.

Whenever possible, we try to use our CEREC machine to make our patients dental crowns in a single visit to our dentist office in Medford, OR.

The CEREC Difference

We will go over four reasons you may need a dental crown in a moment, but we need to explain how CEREC helps you save time.

Part of this system is having an in-house milling machine. We can use it to craft a dental crown out of a ceramic cube, and then we can place the finished crown on your tooth before you leave.

At another dentist office, you may follow these steps to get a dental crown:

  1. The dentist scans or makes an impression of your teeth. (This helps to design your dental crown.)
  2. The dentist reshapes your tooth into an abutment.
  3. The dentist places a temporary crown on your tooth.
  4. A dental lab creates your crown and sends it to your dentist. (The time involved can vary depending on how far away the lab is and how many orders they received ahead of yours.)
  5. You return to the dentist office to get your permanent crown. (This may be a few weeks after you started this process.

You can skip from step 2 to step 5 at our office since we can make your permanent crown and place it that same day.

With that in mind, here are some reasons you (or someone you care about) may want to get a dental crown.

★ You Have A Broken Tooth

In this case, we are using broken tooth to cover multiple problems, including chipped and cracked teeth.

These problems can occur for multiple reasons. You could walk into a telephone pole because you were playing Pokémon Go.

You could collide with a teammate while trying to catch a pop-up for your recreational softball team.

You could bite down hard on a popcorn kernel after a jump scare while watching a movie.

Whatever damage you have done to your tooth, we can help fix it by removing the damaged parts of your tooth and bonding a dental crown in its place.

★ You Have Tooth Decay

We are going to be honest. This is not our preferred method of dealing with tooth decay.

Our first choice would is prevention, which means brushing, flossing, and visiting our office for routine cleanings.

The second choice would a dental filling, which is only possible if you come to visit us while your cavity is still small.

If you wait too long, the decay may have spread to the point where a dental filling won’t really help. Fortunately, you can stop the decay from getting any worse by restoring your tooth with a dental crown.

★ You Have A Discolored Tooth

This may be considered a more cosmetic use of a dental crown.

If all your teeth are discolored due to staining, then we would probably suggest teeth whitening or veneers to give your teeth a more uniform coloration.

If just one or two teeth are discolored — perhaps from a habitual behavior or as a side effect of medication — then a dental crown can fix it. Your crown can be shaded so that it closely matches the whiteness of the rest of your teeth.

★ You Have A Misshapen Tooth

Maybe you have a “short” tooth that did not erupt from your gums as much as its neighbors. Maybe you just have a tooth that is unusually shaped in a way that bothers you.

You can fix either of these situations with a dental crown that will blend in with the rest of your smile.

Get Crowned

If you would like to learn more about our CEREC same-day dental crowns, please call Hillcrest Family Dentistry at 541-930-8036 or fill out our online form to contact our dentist office in Medford, OR.

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