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Can You Get a Crown in One Visit?

close up on mouth of smiling woman and dentist’s hand holding a crown near her teeth

You're sitting in the dentist’s chair as he explains why you need a crown, and like many patients, three questions probably pop up in your mind:

  • What is this going to cost?
  • How painful will it be?
  • How much time is it going to take? How many days off work will I miss?

Fortunately, with today's modern computer-aided design and manufacturing technology, it's possible to receive a crown in one visit. 

Not too long ago, this procedure would have taken, at a minimum, two visits to your dentist. 

Today, one visit is all it takes, and guess what? It’s a pretty comfortable procedure.

Crowns of the Past

In the past, a crown required at least two visits to your dentist, and it was more expensive. 

On the first visit, the dentist would create a mold of the affected tooth, manually measure your teeth, and send the mold and measurements off to a lab for them to manufacture the crown.

This process could take up to a month.

During this time, you were given a temporary crown. This was glued to the affected area, but a permanent bond wasn’t used because it was temporary. 

You had to be careful of what you ate because the crown coming off the tooth was a problem.

Additionally, since it wasn't a precise measurement, your temporary crown could be a bad fit and could cause significant discomfort.

Finally, when your permanent crown arrived, you went back for your second visit. The dentist would fit the crown and make any necessary adjustments during the fitting. If there was a mistake at the lab, then those minor adjustments might take more time. If the fit was very poor, you might have to reorder the crown and wait for another. 

CEREC Crowns Are the Answer Today

CEREC crowns are the most efficient way to get crowns for your teeth. CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. The procedure to create custom-fitted CEREC crowns is straightforward and fast. 

First, the dentist examines, digitally measures and photographs the area where the crown will go. Then, using state-of-the-art computer modeling software, the dentist develops a 3D model of your teeth and new crown. 

Then, the dentist uses a solid block of material to carve out the crown using a computer-aided milling machine. Because of the precise measurements from the computer and the precise manufacturing of the crown, it will be a highly accurate fit to your teeth.

The dentist then attaches the crown to the affected area of your mouth. If there are any problems, the dentist can correct them during your initial visit. 

Any problems or adjustments will be corrected at the office. You will leave with a fully functional and permanent crown. 

Paying for Crowns Involves More Than the Cost

We understand missing time away from work for dental procedures means you're paying more than the price of the crown. You also have to count the time off from work for the procedure. The more time you need to take, the higher the cost. 

For this reason, we offer CEREC crowns and other CEREC dental procedures to our customers.  The procedure is fast, efficient, and isn’t a drain on your time. 

If you have any questions or are considering a dental procedure, we encourage you to contact us. We’d be more than happy to sit down with you and discuss your options and explain them fully. 

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