Same-Day Crown Replacement
Tooth fractures and other kinds of damage to your smile can be debilitating, but thankfully there are dental crowns. These restorative caps can save a severely damaged tooth, allowing you to bite, chew, and smile with renewed confidence.
Dr. Burton Gooch offers CEREC® same-day dental crowns at his Birmingham, AL practice. Let’s discuss how these work, how long they last, and what happens when they need to be replaced. We can provide more answers about same-day dental crowns during a visit to our practice.
About Same-Day Crowns
Thanks to CEREC technology, a tooth-colored dental crown can now be crafted and placed from impressions in just a single dental visit. The CEREC unit is an in-office milling system, which avoids the need to have a crown crafted at an off-site location. Off-site dental labs can take several days to complete the custom crown and send it to a dental practice.
How Long Do Same-Day Dental Crowns Last?
On average, a CEREC dental crowns last around 10 years. With proper aftercare, CEREC dental crowns can last up to 15 years. Keep in mind that the location of the crown in the mouth and other dental health and wellness factors will affect the lifespan of a crown.
How Does That Compare to Traditional Crowns?
A 10-15 year lifespan for a CEREC same-day crown is comparable to the lifespan of a traditional dental crown. That means fast restorative results thanks to CEREC without compromising quality.
Signs You Need a Same-Day Crown Replaced
After time, your dental crown may experience wear and tear. This will usually result in tooth sensitivity, soreness, and changes in the feel of your bite. As you return to our Birmingham dental practice for regular checkups, we can monitor the condition of your crowns. When wear and tear has taken its toll, we will recommend replacement.
The Process of Getting a Same-Day Crown Replaced
The process for getting a new same-day crown is similar to the process of getting the initial crown. The old crown is carefully removed. The underlying tooth structure is cleaned off and an impression is taken. From this impression, a new CEREC crown can be crafted, once again ready on the same day. The dentist adheres the crown in place securely, and the treatment is complete.
The Results of Same-Day Crown Replacement
A new same-day dental crown can revitalize the appearance and overall function of your smile. You’ll be able to bite and chew again without discomfort or worry, and the crown will be durable enough to withstand the wear and tear common to the teeth.
Prolonging the Life of Your Same-Day Crown
The best way to prolong the life of your dental crowns is to follow these tips:
- Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush as least twice a day
- Use a non-abrasive gel toothpaste
- Floss at least once a day
- Wear mouth protection or face protection when applicable
- Visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups
Learn More About Dental Crowns
If you live in the Birmingham area and would like more information about getting a dental crown replaced, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic and restorative dentist. You can reach Gooch Family Dental by phone at (205) 545-8001. Our team is here to help.