How Long Does It Take To Get a Dental Crown Done? And Other FAQs

How quickly can you get a dental crown

Taking care of your teeth is critical to maintaining not only your oral health but your overall health as well. When we leave tooth decay untreated, it can lead to infections that can spread to other parts of your body. In turn, this can increase your likelihood of developing heart disease, and it can weaken your immune system.

Thankfully, dental crowns can help protect, cover, and restore the shape of your teeth when fillings won’t do the trick. Unfortunately, many patients put off getting a dental crown because they fear it will be time consuming. With CEREC same day crowns, however, you can get back to your priorities on the same day.

CEREC same day dental crowns are a game changer for busy adults.

If you received a crown many years ago as part of treatment for tooth decay, you likely had to make two appointments. At the first appointment, your dentist shaped your tooth and took an impression so that your crown could be made off site at a lab. Your dentist would have fitted you with a temporary crown that you wore for two or three weeks while you waited for your permanent crown to arrive at your dentist’s office. Then, you would return for that second visit to have your permanent crown fitted and placed. This is still the process today for patients who require a traditional crown.

CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. It is a modern digital dentistry technology that enables dentists to design custom-created ceramic crowns to restore a decayed or damaged tooth. And CEREC same day dental crowns are a game changer for busy adults. Instead of returning a few weeks later to have your new crown fitted and placed, your dentist can place your new crown all in one visit.

Patients appreciate CEREC same day dental crowns because they are fast, convenient, and highly durable, making them a strong contender for patients experiencing one of the following dental situations: 

  • Tooth restoration after a root canal.
  • Severe tooth decay.
  • A worn-down or severely discolored tooth.
  • A dental implant restoration needing completion.
  • Severe tooth decay.
  • A broken or misshapen tooth. 

At your appointment, your dentist will determine the level of tooth decay or damage and discuss your treatment options with you. If you are not a candidate for a CEREC crown, other options might be a filling, an inlay, an onlay, or a tooth extraction. Dentists use fillings when your teeth have minimal damage; crowns are used when you have further extensive tooth decay.

Inlays and onlays are similar to dental crowns, but are best when you have a fair amount of healthy tooth structure and a full crown is not required. Inlays fit inside the cusp, or bump, of your tooth. On the flip side, an onlay is a bit larger and is designed to cover one or more tooth cusps.

Enjoy one of the many benefits of a CEREC same day dental crown.

As we said earlier, CEREC same day crowns are a game changer for busy adults. And though speed to completion is one of the greatest benefits, we’ve addressed some of the other benefits by answering some frequently asked questions below.

What do CEREC dental crowns look like?

Your CEREC crown is made entirely of porcelain, meaning it is metal-free, providing a natural appearance that looks just like your adjacent teeth.

Is the process of getting a same day crown comfortable?

Creating a traditional crown can be uncomfortable and leave a poor taste in your mouth (literally), but CEREC crowns do not require manual impressions. Your dentist can take the digital images necessary for CEREC quickly and comfortably with no goopy mess. Further, if you suffer from dental anxiety, you’ll appreciate how easy our dental technology makes the process.

How strong and durable is CEREC?

When you take good care of your teeth and gums by practicing great oral hygiene, your CEREC crown should last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. The bottom line is that the porcelain ceramic in your new crown is high quality, natural looking, and extremely durable. 

How do I take care of my single-visit crown?

Taking care of your CEREC same day crown is easy too. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time, floss at least once daily, and rinse away loosened food particles with fluoridated mouthwash. 

Is CEREC affordable?

Same day crowns are not only a time-saver but can also be cost-effective. With CEREC, you don’t have additional expenses or costs associated with laboratory fees or follow-up appointments. Plus, at The Tooth Doc, we make it easy to afford your care and cover any out-of-pocket expenses left after insurance.

Can the process really be done in just one visit?

We can’t overemphasize this enough. We can design and fit your new CEREC crown on the same day. This means you can get back to your day-to-day activities and won’t have to worry about losing your ability to speak or chew properly while waiting for your new crown.

The Tooth Doc is your CEREC same day crown partner.

If you are experiencing one of the dental ailments we listed above, you may be a candidate for a single-visit crown. The Tooth Doc is your same-day crown dentist in Omaha—request an appointment today, so we can help you protect your oral health and get back to your day.