If you crack, chip, or fracture a tooth or develop a deep cavity, same day crowns can prevent further damage, restoring your smile and ability to bite and chew. At Aesthetic Family Dentistry in Cary, North Carolina, Ranjini Pillai, DDS, provides same day crowns using the on-site CEREC milling machine. To schedule an appointment, book online or call the office today.
Dental crowns are a type of oral prosthetic used to cover a damaged or decaying tooth. Once placed, crowns cover the entire portion of your tooth above the gum line, restoring its size, strength, and appearance.
Traditionally, getting a dental crown involved at least two appointments spaced several weeks apart. Same day crowns allow you to repair a damaged or decaying tooth in one visit. This saves you time and hassle.
Same day crowns are as tough and long-lasting as traditional crowns. They mimic the color and light-reflecting properties of tooth enamel, ensuring your restoration blends in with your smile.
Getting same day crowns begins with a comprehensive oral exam and a review of your oral health history. Afterward, Dr. Pillai takes oral X-rays to determine the extent of damage or decay affecting your tooth.
Dr. Pillai administers a local anesthetic to numb your tooth roots and gums and prepares your tooth to receive the crown. She carefully shaves a thin layer of enamel from the top and sides of your tooth and uses a digital scanner to take impressions.
Dr. Pillai uploads your impressions to a computer-aided design (CAD) software program. She uses your impressions to develop a crown that fits the unique curvatures and ridges of your tooth.
After completing the design, she transfers it to the CEREC milling machine. The CEREC machine creates your custom crown in just 45 minutes. Once your crown is ready, Dr. Pillai bonds it to the top of your tooth.
Anyone with a damaged or decaying molar or premolar can benefit from same day crowns. The process is quick, effective, and affordable. What’s more, same day crowns are durable and long-lasting. With proper care, they can restore your smile for 10-15 years.
You care for your same day crowns like you would your natural teeth. Dr. Pillai recommends brushing and flossing daily and visiting Aesthetic Family Dentistry every six months for a professional cleaning and oral exam.
To prevent chipping or cracking, avoid bad habits like nail-biting and chewing on pen caps or ice cubes. If you play contact sports or participate in activities like skateboarding or mountain biking, wear a mouthguard.
At Aesthetic Family Dentistry, Dr. Pillai loves helping her patients achieve healthy, happy smiles. She facilitates these efforts with advanced technology and a wonderful chairside manner.
To learn more about the benefits of same day crowns, schedule an appointment at Aesthetic Family Dentistry. Book online or call the office today.