View Our GalleryA porcelain dental crown is a restoration that covers an entire tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size. Its purpose is to strengthen or improve the appearance of a tooth, and give the tooth solid and healthy structural support. Porcelain dental crowns from our cosmetic dentist—Dr. Wayde Fawcett—can be very beneficial when it is necessary to:
- Support a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
- Attach a bridge
- Protect weak teeth from fracturing
- Restore fractured teeth
- Cover a dental implant
- Strengthen a tooth after root canal therapy
The One-Visit Crown With CEREC®
Our practice offers the incredible CEREC® CAD/CAM technology – an advanced computer aided system for creating custom-designed ceramic crowns in a single office visit. After an impression of your teeth has been made, the crown will be precisely designed to fit over your tooth. With the CEREC® milling system, your crown will then be milled right here in our office, then artistically tinted and polished to perfectly match the surrounding teeth before it is carefully fitted onto the tooth.
Dr. Fawcett considers many factors such as the color, shape, length and occlusion (or “bite”) to ensure that the crown restoration will look natural and aesthetically pleasing.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Porcelain Crowns
What does “same day” crown mean?
A “same day” crown is a “one visit” dental crown fabricated with the CEREC® system. Placement of a traditional crown typically involves at least two appointments with Dr. Fawcett. In the first visit, your tooth is prepared, an impression is taken, and a temporary crown is placed over the prepared tooth until the final crown is ready. When the lab has created your crown, you will then have your second visit with Dr. Fawcett to have the crown cemented firmly into place. With a “same day” crown, all the steps of your crown procedure can typically be performed in the span of one appointment with Dr. Fawcett. There is no waiting for your permanent crown to return from the lab since it will be milled at our office using the CEREC® system while you wait.
What are the benefits of “same day” crowns?
In addition to being a timesaver, “same day” crowns eliminate the need for placement of a temporary crown while you wait for your permanent crown to be made. Placement of a permanent “same day” crown is a fixed, custom fit for your tooth and bite right after tooth preparation. Temporary crowns used in traditional crown procedures are meant to last only a short time and are an approximated fit for your tooth. They do not offer the same durability, security, or protection from sensitivity as the final restoration and must be treated as such. Thus, same day placement of your permanent crown with the CEREC® system can restore full protection, form, and function to your tooth and bite right away. Furthermore, the CEREC® system that creates the “same day” crown fabricates the crown based on extremely accurate, advanced 3D imaging of your tooth. The CEREC® system delivers a highly customized end result, quickly and easily.
Are “same day” crowns as durable as traditional crowns?
Generally speaking, “same day” crowns made with the CEREC® system are comparable to crowns fabricated in the lab. All-ceramic CEREC® crowns are made of highly-durable material that can look almost indistinguishable from a natural tooth. There are some determining factors that Dr. Fawcett can discuss with you that may make one option more preferable to the other depending on the unique circumstances of your case. Every dental crown placement procedure is different and Dr. Fawcett’s dedication to providing his patients with highly customized care can help direct you toward the option best suited to you.
Who is a good candidate for same day crowns?
Virtually any patient in need of a dental crown can be a good candidate for a “same day” crown made with the CEREC® system. Dr. Fawcett can thoroughly discuss all of your available options with you and help you make the best choice for your dental needs.
Contact the Fawcett Center for Dentistry, P.A.
If you would like more information on how porcelain dental crowns can restore both form and function of your teeth, please contact the Fawcett Center for Dentistry. Dr. Fawcett will be happy to meet with you and answer any questions you may have.