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Your Guide to Same-Day Crowns vs Other Types of Crowns

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Crowns, often referred to as dental caps, are an essential part of restorative dentistry. Whether the teeth are damaged due to decay or trauma, crowns play a vital role in preserving the health and aesthetics of our smiles.

When Do You Need a Dental Crown?

There are several situations where your dentist might recommend a dental crown:

●      Tooth Decay: When a tooth is severely decayed and a filling is insufficient to restore its structure, a crown may be necessary to provide additional support and protection.

●      Fractured or Cracked Teeth: Teeth that are fractured or cracked due to trauma or injury can be strengthened and preserved with the placement of a dental crown.

●      Large Fillings: Teeth with large fillings or extensive damage may benefit from the reinforcement provided by a dental crown.

●      Root Canal Therapy: Following root canal treatment, a crown is often placed over the treated tooth to protect it from future damage and restore its functionality.

●      Cosmetic Enhancement: Crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of misshapen, discolored, or poorly positioned teeth, enhancing the overall aesthetics of your smile.

What Are Same-Day Crowns?

Same-day crowns, also known as CEREC crowns, are dental crowns that are designed, fabricated, and installed within a single dental appointment, typically in just a few hours. CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Unlike traditional crowns that require multiple visits, same-day crowns are a convenient and time-saving solution.

Advantages of Same-Day Crowns

Same-Day Procedure

Perhaps the most significant advantage of same-day crowns is their convenience. Rather than enduring a waiting period of up to two weeks for a traditional crown, you can walk into your dentist's office and leave with your new CEREC crown on the same day. This eliminates the need for multiple appointments and temporary crowns, saving time and hassle.


Same-day crowns tend to boast a more natural appearance compared to traditional crowns. Without a metal core, these crowns closely resemble the color, texture, and translucency of natural teeth. The absence of a dark core allows for seamless light reflection, enhancing the overall aesthetic outcome and ensuring that the crown blends harmoniously with the surrounding teeth.

Strength and Durability

CEREC crowns are a reliable way to restore damaged or weakened teeth. These crowns are sturdy and resistant to abrasion, making them highly durable and less prone to damage over time. With proper care, same-day crowns can last for a long time.

Disadvantages of Same-Day Crowns


While same-day crowns offer numerous benefits, they may come with a higher price tag compared to traditional crowns. The cost of CEREC crowns can vary depending on factors such as the dentist's expertise, location, and materials used.

Availability and Expertise

Not all dental offices offer CEREC crowns. You may need to research and seek out specialized dental practices that have the necessary equipment to offer same-day crowns.

What Same-Day Crown Procedure Looks Like

If you’ve decided that same-day crown might be a viable option for you, you may be wondering what to expect during the procedure.

Like a scene from a futuristic movie, the process begins with your dentist taking digital pictures of the tooth that requires a crown. These high-resolution images serve as the foundation for the entire procedure, providing detailed information about the shape, size, and structure of the tooth.

Using advanced CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing) technology, your dentist transforms those digital images into a precise digital model of your tooth.

Now comes the fascinating part—the creation of the crown itself. Similar to a 3-D printer at work, a specialized machine takes the digital model and begins the milling process. Using a block of high-quality ceramic material, the machine meticulously carves out a three-dimensional replica of your tooth.

In a remarkably short time—typically around 15 minutes—the milling process is complete, and your new crown is ready for its final touches. Your dentist carefully polishes the crown, ensuring its surface is smooth and aesthetically pleasing. Once polished, the crown is placed inside your mouth, where your dentist makes any necessary adjustments to ensure a perfect fit and bite.

How to Take Care of Your Same-Day Crown

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Congratulations on your new same-day crown! Thanks to modern dental technology, you now have a durable and aesthetically pleasing restoration that can last for many years with proper care. To ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your CEREC crown, it's important to follow these simple yet crucial care tips.

Tip #1

Avoid using your teeth as tools to open packages or chew on hard objects like ice cubes or pens. Similarly, refrain from biting your nails, as these habits can exert unnecessary stress on your crowns, potentially leading to damage.

Tip #2

Just like natural teeth, CEREC crowns can accumulate plaque and tartar if not properly cared for. To prevent gum disease and maintain the integrity of your crowns, brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss regularly. Consider incorporating an antiseptic mouthwash into your oral hygiene routine to keep your gums healthy and free from infection.

Tip #3

If you have a tendency to grind or clench your teeth, known as bruxism, it's essential to address this habit to prevent damage to your crowns. Talk to your dentist about obtaining a night guard, a custom-fitted mouthguard that provides a protective barrier between your teeth while you sleep. By wearing a night guard, you can safeguard your crowns and preserve your smile for years to come.

Tip #4

While CEREC crowns are stain-resistant, they are not entirely immune to discoloration. Certain foods and drinks, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and highly pigmented foods like berries or tomato sauce, can potentially stain your crowns over time. To minimize the risk of staining, rinse your mouth with water after consuming these items, or consider brushing your teeth shortly afterward.

Tip #5

Routine dental check-ups and cleanings are essential for the long-term success of your CEREC crowns. Early detection of any issues allows for prompt intervention, preserving the integrity and longevity of your crowns.

At The Family Dental Center, our experienced dentists are ready to restore your smile with same-day crowns. Contact us today!

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