Same-Day Crowns in Santa Monica, CA
Who says getting a dental crown has to be a hassle? If you need to get a dental crown you mustn’t put off treatment. The sooner our dental team restores your damaged smile the better; however, when you’re busy, it can be tough to schedule that much-needed dental appointment. The good news is that Dr. Ray and his team now provide their patients with a solution that gives them permanent dental crowns in just a single dental visit. Now, you don’t have to worry about scheduling multiple visits with us just to get the restorative dentistry you need.
Thanks to CEREC technology—the latest digital CAD/CAM technology—Dr. Jason Ray and his team can offer his patients same-day dental crowns that are made and placed in about two hours right here at his Santa Monica practice. If you’ve ever had to get a traditional crown, then you know the process often took 2-3 visits to our office. This is often because we had to send your impressions to a dental lab and then wait for them to make your crown. Now that we have CEREC technology right here in our practice, we can design, fabricate, and place crowns all on the same day.
CEREC technology combines infrared imaging with CAD/CAM technology to take exact measurements of your teeth using a digital handheld device (instead of those messy, putty impressions). Then the images are uploaded into our special computer software where they are turned into 3D photos. From there, we use the software to design a crown that fits perfectly over the tooth based on these measurements.
Once the crown has been designed, the information is loaded into our milling station. We will then choose the block of porcelain that most closely resembles the color and shade of your tooth and then the milling station will carve the crown out of the block of porcelain. It only takes a few minutes for the machine to fabricate your crown.
Now the fitting process can begin. We will place the crown over the tooth to check the fit and your bite to make sure that the crown fits perfectly. Once we’ve checked the crown’s fit, we will cement it permanently to your tooth.
Along with getting a crown the very same day, you also don’t have to worry about wearing temporary crowns, which can be flimsy and a little bulky and awkward.