How Long Does It Take To Get A Dental Crown?

How Long Does It Take To Get A Dental Crown?

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Restoring a damaged or vulnerable tooth with a dental crown is an incredibly common procedure in the U.S. Although the process for getting a dental crown can take a couple of weeks, and require multiple appointments, advancements in dental technology, such as  Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics® (CEREC), allow dental crowns to be made and placed in a single day. Read on to learn more about same-day CEREC dental crowns.

What are CEREC Dental Crowns?

CEREC technology represents a huge leap forward in innovation in dental technology. Using 3D digital impressions of the tooth to be treated, dentists then use CAD/CAM (Computer Assisted Design/ Computer Assisted Milling) software to design the crown to match your other teeth in size, shape, and color.  A ceramic block is then fed through the milling machine which creates the crown.

Benefits of Same-Day Dental Crowns

Although traditional crowns are still available and widely used, CERE same-day dental crowns offer unique benefits to patients.

  • No need for a temporary crown while waiting for your permanent crown to arrive
  • Saves time, since only one appointment is necessary
  • CEREC crowns are made of high-quality ceramic
  • May allow you to preserve more of your natural tooth
  • Studies suggest CEREC crowns fit the teeth more precisely
  • More natural-looking crown
  • Cost-effective (no need for temporary crown, or multiple appointments)
  • Durable (may last 10 years or longer before needing to be replaced)

How to Choose Between Traditional Crown and CEREC Crown

Many times, deciding between a traditional dental crown or a CEREC same-day crown comes down to personal choice. In some cases,  your dentist may recommend a traditional crown. A common reason a dentist would recommend a traditional crown is if a molar is significantly damaged. Metal alloy crowns are a bit stronger and may be indicated for the teeth responsible for chewing.  Likewise, if you grind your teeth, your dentist may recommend that you opt for a traditional dental crown. When in doubt about which type of crown is right for you, ask your dentist for their recommendation.

Caring for Dental Crowns

The type of crown you choose is not nearly as important as how you care for your dental crown. Irrespective of the type of crown you choose, you must continue to brush twice daily and floss daily. Regular dental exams and cleanings are a must. If you have a history of clenching or grinding your teeth you should obtain a custom night guard to protect the teeth.

Dental crowns are incredibly durable, but habits such as chewing on hard objects (candies, ice, or pens), biting your fingernails, or using your teeth as tools to open bottles or other items can damage your crown.

Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Crowns

Does insurance pay for CEREC same-day crowns?

Check with your insurance plan for your coverage information. Most insurance companies offer the same coverage for same day crowns as they offer for traditional crowns. However, it is best to contact your company so that you understand your financial obligation.

Can I use third-party financing to pay for a same-day crown?

Yes. At Aliso Smiles, we gladly accept CareCredit for all dental treatments.

Schedule a Dental Exam and Cleaning in Aliso Viejo

If it's been six months or longer since your last dental exam and cleaning, it’s time to schedule an appointment. At Aliso Smiles, Dr. Patel utilizes all advanced technologies proven to enhance comfort, improve precision, and offer patients with outstanding outcomes. To schedule your appointment call 949-916-7800 or send us a message.