Have you ever needed to have a tooth repaired with a dental crown, only to find out that the process was going to involve at least two separate appointments, two weeks apart?
Our Concord dentist offers Same Day CEREC Crowns so that you can complete all of your treatment in just a single visit.
What Are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits over your tooth to restore its shape and size, improve its overall appearance, or reinforce it. They are used to fix broken teeth, restore dental implants, conceal imperfections, and anchor fixed bridge work.
Filling in cracks and chips along the chewing surface to protect from further damage.
Restoring heavily decayed or damaged teeth to normal function and appearance.
Protecting a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment to keep it from breaking.
Covering discolored teeth to improve the appearance of your smile.
Fitting over a dental implant to replace a lost tooth.
Holding a bridge in place with one or more replacement teeth.
CEREC Same-day Crowns
CEREC dental crowns are made of high-density materials that mimic natural tooth enamel. They function better and longer than other types of ceramics. Plus, we can make them right here in our office using a 3D “impression” of your teeth… no gooey molds are needed!
Computer-generated CEREC crowns
Provide an accurate fit the very first time
Eliminate the risk of human error during the fabrication process
Match the teeth adjacent to them
Are made in our office while you wait
Why Is A Same-day Crown A Better Option Than Traditional Crowns?
Traditionally, a crown requires two appointments before completion. In the first appointment, the dentist will shape the tooth and take impressions for the laboratory to use in creating the crown. In the second appointment, the patient returns to have the crown placed over the tooth. However, we offer our patients the convenience of same-day crowns! Instead of waiting two or more weeks for their new restoration, they can leave the dental office with their completed smile on the same day as their procedure.
While traditional crowns are still a viable option for patients who prefer them, there are certainly many benefits to a same-day crown. For one, the procedure is completed in a single appointment, so there’s no need to wait around for multiple appointments. Additionally, because there’s no need for two separate appointments, the entire treatment time is reduced dramatically. This means that instead of spending two weeks with a temporary crown in place and then needing an additional visit to have your permanent crown placed, you can have your finished smile in one trip to the dentist’s office!
A root canal is a procedure that removes infected tissues from inside the tooth, cleans and disinfects the canals inside the root, then seals the tooth to prevent future infection.
During a root canal, a dentist or endodontist will first administer an anesthetic to numb the area surrounding the tooth. Then a small hole is drilled into the affected tooth to gain access to the nerve chamber inside. The nerve and pulp are removed and then disinfected using an antimicrobial solution. Finally, the canals are cleaned, then sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha.
The Need For Root Canal Treatment
When bacteria penetrate through your tooth enamel and into the pulp, it can cause an infection that results in the need for root canal treatment. If left untreated, the infection will spread through the tooth root and cause the tooth to die due to a loss of blood supply. When this occurs, the only option is to extract the tooth. However, this can be detrimental to your overall oral health as nearby teeth can shift out of place and create problems with your bite alignment. There are a few signs you can watch for to indicate the need for root canal treatment. These include:
Severe toothache pain that worsens when biting down or when exposed to heat or cold.
Pain in the gums surrounding the tooth.
You may notice discoloration around the problem tooth.
Swelling and/or tenderness near the infected tooth.
Bad breath that won’t go away.
In some cases, you may also feel a pimple on the gum line.
Difficulty opening your mouth widely without pain or swelling.
Unresponsive to treatment with over-the-counter pain medications and/or antibiotics.
Sensitive teeth that hurt when eating hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks.
Tooth sensitivity that shows up as a sharp pain in the tooth when you bite into something hard.
A root canal procedure can help protect your natural tooth from extraction and prevent the need for a dental implant or other restorative treatments. After receiving root canal therapy, your tooth will be restored with a crown or filling to protect and restore it to full function and appearance. While your restoration will help keep your tooth healthy, it’s still important to continue practicing good dental hygiene habits like brushing twice a day and flossing daily. If an infection occurs again or if a new cavity develops, the treated tooth could require a root canal retreatment.
Root Canals and Dental Crowns in One Day
If you’re suffering from an abscessed tooth, a large cavity, or a severe toothache, you may need a root canal. Dr. Dokko is able to perform high-quality endodontic therapy and place your same-day CEREC crown during the very same appointment.
At Brighter Day Dental, we’ve invested in the latest rotary endodontic equipment so that we can perform efficient and accurate root canals without referring our patients to a specialty practice. Plus, our in-house Sirona 3D x-rays allow us to plan out the treatment by assessing your root anatomy before treatment ever starts.
There’s never been a more comfortable way to get a root canal.
Emergency Crowns and Root Canals
Need an evening or weekend appointment? We’re open late so that you can complete your root canal and crown after work or on the weekend. ContactDentist in Concord CA today for more information.