CEREC crowns might not be “life” savers, but they’re tooth and time savers!
You’ve just broken your tooth. Your tongue goes right to it, confirming the feel of its sharp, jagged edges. It feels horrible, but surprisingly doesn’t hurt. You run to the mirror, lifting the corners of your mouth in a reluctant, somewhat horrified smile. It’s visibly broken. Everyone will notice. You call us for an appointment immediately. Of course it’s an emergency!
Will I need a crown?
We’ll walk you through your options for replacement and put your mind (and tooth) at ease. No two fractures are the same. Tiny chips can often be repaired by bonding, using a white filling. However, if an entire cusp, or large chunk is broken off, it will more than likely require a crown. We can accomplish this in one visit with CEREC crowns.
How long will it take to get a new crown?
You’re going to see people, and you’re busy. We understand. This is why we have Crown in a Day technology in our office. CEREC crowns are ideal for these situations. Traditional labs can take 2-3 weeks to make a crown, requiring more than one visit. Our in-office, 3-D technology will create your custom, all porcelain crown in one appointment.
Are CEREC crowns just as good as other crowns?
Yes. Same day crowns are convenient and quick, but this does not mean they lack in quality. CEREC crowns are made of durable, stain-resistant porcelain. They’re metal-free, biocompatible, and last just as long as other crowns (anywhere from 7-20 years!). Although, as with any material, it’s important to take proper care to minimize daily wear and tear.
Tips to keep your crowns in top shape:
1.) Don’t bite down on hard food, candy, or ice —crowns can fracture, just like natural teeth!
2.) Make sure to brush & floss 2x daily —cavities can develop around crown margins, so it’s important to brush & floss around the gumline.
3.) Schedule routine cleaning and exams —so we can catch small issues before they become big ones!
4.) Use a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste & soft toothbrush —to help prevent microscopic scratches on the surface of the porcelain.
Broken tooth? We’re here for you.
Whether you’ve broken a tooth, an old filling has fallen out, or you’re generally unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, we’re here to help. If you’re in pain, or have a dull, ongoing toothache, don’t put it off. Call us today (we take emergencies!). We’ll go over all of your restorative options and provide the best treatment plan for you.
Hillsdale Dental Care has been providing service for the West San Jose, Cambrian and Willow Glen neighborhoods for more than 30 years. Doctors Stanley, Azzarelli, and Jacobs priority is to deliver state-of-the-art, top-quality care to informed patients in a comfortable, affordable, and convenient environment.