How Do Single Day Crowns Work?

If you have fractured or broken a tooth then you require a restoration. Without one serious complications can arise. In many cases, we will recommend a dental crown to return a tooth to full function and health. Using advanced technology, we can now place one in just one sitting. How do single day crowns work?

How Do Single Day Crowns Quiz

  1. True or False: You need a crown if you chip a tooth.
  2. True or False: Ceramic can offer a lifelike appearance.
  3. True or False: CEREC allows a dentist to design and create a crown in one sitting.
  4. True or False: Ignoring a damaged or decayed tooth can be disastrous for your smile.

Answer Key

  1. True. When a tooth becomes damaged the sensitive inner layers of dentin are exposed to bacteria, which can lead to decay and eventually, an infection. If a tooth is broken, fractured, or experiences severe decay then we may need to place a restoration. The restoration fits over the visible portion of the tooth, protecting the remaining structure from the onset of cavities or infection.
  2. True. Ceramic reflects light in a similar manner as natural enamel. In addition, we can shade the material to better blend with the rest of your smile. Ceramic is also stain-resistant and can withstand pressures and bite forces.
  3. True. After preparing the tooth the dentist takes a digital impression using an intraoral camera. The images gathered are used to create a 3D model of the tooth. Using this information the doctor designs your new restoration, uploading the information into the CEREC machine, which mills the tooth from a block of ceramic. The entire procedure takes just one sitting.
  4. True. Without treatment tooth decay can form, leading to toothaches and sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. Without treatment an infection or abscess can form, leading to more serious discomfort. At this stage a root canal may be necessary. However, in severe cases the tooth may need to be removed completely to prevent the spread of infection.