We love our patients here at First Impression Dental in Fresno, California, and do everything we can to make your experience a positive one. But, let’s face it, seeing the dentist is not usually at the top of someone’s list.
That’s why our team, led by Dr. Brett Lent, is committed to providing the highest quality dental services available as efficiently and painlessly as possible. Dr. Lent’s skill and the Primescan and Primemill CEREC same-day crown systems we use at First Impression help us fulfill that goal.
Keep reading to learn more about same-day crowns and whether you might be a candidate.
What is a crown?
Dental crowns are prosthetic teeth that are crafted of high-quality porcelain and expertly fashioned to mimic your natural tooth color, size, shape, and strength.
Dr. Lent can create a crown that fits like a cap over a damaged tooth. Crowns also form the visible portion of bridges or attach to dental implants. Once in place, crowns are very durable and almost impossible to distinguish from your natural teeth.
How are same-day crowns different from traditional crowns?
Traditional crowns require several appointments to prepare the damaged tooth and form molds that ensure the prosthetic is correctly sized and shaped. After that, it can take several days to weeks for an outside lab to create the crown and send it back to the office for permanent placement.
At First Impression Dental, we are one of only three providers in the Central Valley to use the CEREC Primescan AC and Primemill. These superior systems greatly enhance our ability to quickly create the highest quality crowns with unbeatable precision right here at our office.
Since we aren’t reliant on an outside lab, Dr. Lent can prepare the damaged tooth, precisely shape and size the crown, and attach it in just one day.
What can you treat with a crown?
At First Impression Dental, our top priority is to save your natural teeth whenever possible because of the many benefits they offer to your physical health and emotional well-being. This includes protecting the root system and structural integrity of a tooth, as well as its appearance.
We typically recommend a crown to cover and protect teeth that are susceptible to loss or structurally weakened by:
- Advanced decay
- Excessive wear caused by aging or teeth grinding
- Large chips or cracks
You may also be a candidate for a crown to restore the strength and appearance of a tooth that’s been altered by previous dental work, for example, large fillings.
If you’ve lost a tooth or several teeth, the CEREC Primescan and Primemill systems allow us to fashion highly realistic replacements that improve your smile and protect your gum and jaw health.
For more information about same-day crowns, schedule a visit at First Impression Dental today. We’re here to meet all your dental needs.