How Much Time Is A Dental Crown Worth?
- August 15, 2016
Imagine that you have hired a painter to repaint your house. The outside is starting to look worn from weather damage., and the existing paint isn’t as vibrant as it used to be.
How would you feel if the painter removed the old, chipped, faded paint with a pressure washer, then applied a coat of primer, and then said he would come back in a couple weeks to continue?
Is that what you would expect?
You would probably prefer that the painter applied the primer and then finished painting as soon as he was able to do so.
This is a dental blog, so you have probably figured out that this is an analogy for something else. And you are right. We want you to keep that in mind as we discuss one of the best restorative options we can provide for our patients — dental crowns.
If you live in or near Concord, CA, you can come to our dentist office and Robert I. Hlavac, D.D.S. can provide you with a CEREC crown.
CEREC (short for ceramic restoration) is a special option in dental crowns.
The reason we offer it for our patients is because we value your smiles and we value your time. As much as we love seeing you, and we hope you enjoy your visits with us, we suspect you may prefer to spend your free time with your family and friends.
To go along with that, we also suspect that you would prefer to make fewer trips to the dentist whenever possible. (We still want to see you at least twice a year for routine cleanings.)
With CEREC, we can create and bond a dental crown on your tooth in a single visit.
You can arrive for your appointment with a broken tooth or a cracked tooth. You could come in with a discolored tooth.
Maybe you need to restore a decayed tooth, or you have replaced your dental filling so many times, you are ready for a longer-term solution.
In all of those situations, we can prepare your tooth, and create your dental crown while you wait. That same day, we can bond your crown in place.
You can leave with a crown that is, for all practical purposes, your new tooth.
Getting A Crown From A Different Dentist
Let’s say you decided to go somewhere else to fix your discolored, decayed, or damaged tooth. What might happen in that other dentist office?
The start would be similar. The dentist would need to prepare your tooth so it could support your dental crown.
Then, instead of making the crown right there with his or her in-office milling machine, he or she would place an order for a crown with a dental laboratory.
In the meantime, the other dentist would place a temporary crown over your tooth. Temporary crowns are not as secure as a permanent crown for obvious reasons. The dentist will want to be able to remove it easily when your real crown is ready.
You will have the temporary crown unless it breaks or comes loose. Hopefully, it will last as long as it needs to until your permanent crown arrives, which could be weeks later.
That also means you have to make a second appointment and a second trip to the other dentist’s office.
If that is what you want to do with your time, that’s certainly up to you.
CEREC Vs. Other Crowns
The Wall Street Journal reported on CEREC same-day crowns recently.
Here’s what they found. CEREC crowns fit well and have good longevity, which is comparable to traditional lab-made dental crowns.
In other words, CEREC crowns are strong and durable. As long as you take care to maintain them, you can keep them for decades.
That means the decision is up to you.
Do you want your house painted by the professional who will work until the job is done, or the one who will work, then come back to finish at some point in the future?
Likewise, do yo want to leave the dentist office with a CEREC crown today or a lab crown after another appointment?
Your Time Matters
What you do with your time is important. You can spend it going back and forth to the dentist office, or you can get your dental crown in one day if you come to the office of Robert I. Hlavac, D.D.S.