Single Visit Crowns
Philadelphia, Main Line, and Ardmore, Pennsylvania Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic Dentistry Expertise
What Are Single Visit Crowns?
In the past, a dental crown has required two visits to the dentist: one to prepare the tooth, make a mold and place a temporary dental crown, and a second visit to place the permanent, custom-made crown. Now, thanks to CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics), it is possible to have crowns placed in a single visit. Philadelphia cosmetic dentist Dr. Lindsey Marshall uses CEREC to make dental restorations easier, faster and more comfortable for all of her patients.
How Do CEREC Dental Crowns Work?
Traditionally, when a dental crown is placed, the dentist makes a mold of your tooth. This mold is sent away to a laboratory where the permanent crown is constructed to exactly match the original contours of the tooth. This takes a few days, leaving you with a temporary crown and the necessity of returning to the dentist to have the permanent crown placed.
With CEREC, Dr. Marshall takes very precise measurements of your tooth and enters these measurements into the CEREC system. A porcelain “blank” is then milled to match the contours of your tooth without having to send a mold or measurements to an offsite lab. When the restoration is finished, Dr. Marshall can place it immediately, make any necessary alterations, bond the restoration and send you on your way with a new, perfectly contoured tooth crown.
Advantages of Porcelain Crowns
The CEREC system produces porcelain crowns, not the gold or silver crowns that have been common in the past. In addition to the advantages of being produced in our office, porcelain crowns provide other benefits such as:
- Color-matched to your natural teeth
- No temperature sensitivity like metal crowns
- Bonded directly to the tooth, making the tooth stronger
All the restoration work Dr. Marshall does is metal-free, taking advantage not only of CEREC technology but also the many benefits porcelain crowns offer for your comfort, health and overall appearance.