Can You Fix My Tooth In One Visit?

Finding time to see the dentist can be a herculean task for many people. Between work and family obligations, penciling in multiple visits and appointments may seem impossible. As a result, many people ask, “Can you fix my tooth in one visit?” Fortunately, employing advanced dental technology means we absolutely can.

CEREC Dental Crown Quiz

  1. True or False: A damaged tooth can lead to decay or infection.
  2. True or False: A crown can restore a tooth.
  3. True or False: We can create restorations in a single visit.
  4. True or False: We use lifelike materials for our CEREC restorations.

Answer Key

  1. True. Your teeth are made from multiple layers. The outermost is the enamel, a hard substance that protects the inner layers of dentin and pulp from damage and harmful bacteria. However, when you chip, break, or wear down a tooth then bacteria can reach the dentin. The resulting decay can spread through the dentin as the cavity grows. The innermost layer, or pulp, keeps the tooth alive and healthy. Once bacteria reach the pulp, an infection can develop that threatens the integrity of the tooth.
  2. True. A dental crown is a cap that covers the entire visible portion of the tooth. We can place one to complete a root canal, repair a broken tooth, or reshape ones suffering from esthetic issues.
  3. True. In most cases, receiving a crown meant two to three visits. In addition, you often needed to wear a temporary one between these visits. However, CEREC employs CAD/CAM technology to allow a dentist to design, fabricate, and place a completed crown in one visit.
  4. True. They can be made from a variety of materials, including metals such as gold. However, we use ceramic. A strong material that is stain resistant and mimics the appearance of natural enamel, ceramic looks completely natural.