Have you been told that you need a dental crown? Are you worried that the procedure will take too long? Times have changed, and today dental crowns can be custom-made and permanently placed in a single office visit. Offering same-day crowns at our Corpus Christi, TX, dental office allows Dr. Nicholas Perry Orchard to provide our patients with a strong, beautiful crown in just a few hours. Your smile will be immediately functional and there is no need to come back for a follow-up. Contact us today to schedule your appointment for a same-day crown or comprehensive examination.
Restoring Your Oral Health
Preventive dentistry and access to care allow our generation to avoid many of the dental problems that were common just decades ago. Today, we are retaining healthy, natural teeth longer than any previous generation. However, only one percent of us avoid a cavity during a lifetime, and crowns are a common dental necessity.
Each tooth in your mouth is comprised of two primary parts: the visible crown and the root below the gums. When it is damaged, the top portion can be completely covered with a restoration. Usually made of metal or porcelain, a restorative dental crown renews a tooth’s strength and health, and can also relieve pain caused by decay or a deep fracture. Dental crowns may be recommended if:
- Tooth decay is too deep or advanced for a filling to correct
- A fracture compromises the integrity of a tooth
- The teeth are significantly worn down because of grinding and clenching
If you suffer from any of these conditions, a dental crown may be right for you. At our dental practice, Dr. Orchard can design, fabricate, and place your restoration in a single visit.
Placing Your Crown
Just a few decades ago, placing crowns required a minimum of two dental appointments. Today, Dr. Orchard is able to offer same-day crowns with CEREC® technology. Using 3-D X-ray imaging, digital design software, and a self-contained milling unit, the CEREC® system fabricates a durable, natural-looking, all-porcelain dental crown in one appointment.
If CEREC® is right for you, expect your appointment to last about two hours in total – and remember that you won’t need to come back for a follow-up. You also will not have to wear a temporary crown. Your permanent CEREC® crown will be securely in place when you leave our office.
Caring for Your Restoration
If you take good care of your oral health and do not damage your crown, e.max crowns can last seven to 15 years (if not longer). CEREC® blocks are porcelain cubes of e.max that come in various shades of white. The porcelain used for CEREC® blocks underwent two decades of testing and has been proven highly durable. A crown manufactured with CEREC® can be expected to last as long as one made in a laboratory.
Schedule Your Visit Today
If you know or suspect that you need a dental crown, contact us today to schedule a consultation. We gladly accept new patients and will be happy to schedule a convenient appointment for you.