Work/life balance is very important to you. You try to work as efficiently as you can so you can produce the best possible results, as well as get out of the office quickly and live your life. This approach enables you to be a good employee and family member without burning yourself out. Of course life can sometimes throw a proverbial wrench in the gears. You need one of your teeth fixed, but you don’t want to take off work or use your precious off time to get it done. You simply don’t have time to keep going back to the dentist’s office. Now you don’t have to upset your routine because you can get a one day dental crown in Waco, TX.
Why You Might Need a Dental Crown
The strength of your teeth is based off of its structure. This is partially due to the shape it is, as well as the rigidity of the enamel. A dental crown is meant to repair this structure when it has become damaged either because of tooth decay or trauma. Compromised teeth can make it harder to eat or speak, as well as cause a person quite a bit of pain. Crowns restore the integrity of a tooth by slipping over the remainder of the natural tooth. Traditionally, crowns were made of metal, typically amalgam. These commonly didn’t blend well with other teeth, and also lead to an increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. The process of getting a crown usually took multiple visits. The dentist would first need to prepare the tooth for the crown, and then they would take an impression of it. A week or more would be needed for an outside lab to actually fabricate the crown. You might have a temporary crown during this time, which would not be nearly as reliable as your real one. Time has helped refine this process through the use of CEREC technology, so now you can get a crown in one short visit.
What is CEREC?
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or Ceramic Reconstruction. Instead of using messy impression materials to help design your crown, an advanced scanner takes a high-definition 3D image of your entire mouth so the crown can be designed used CAD/CAM technology. This design is then brought into reality with our in-house milling machine. The total time from when you sit down in the chair to when you’re done having your crown installed is about an hour. Another benefit is that these crowns are made of porcelain. The ceramic can be custom colored to match the rest of your teeth, and is virtually chip proof. Not only does it replicate the look and function of your natural tooth, but you can take care of it the same way: brushing and flossing.
Can This Help Me?
If you have cracked, chipped, broken, or very decayed teeth, a dental crown might be the solution. You’ll need to visit Dr. Cofer so he can examine your teeth and see if dental crowns are right you. If they are, you can be assured they will be done quickly and accurately so you can go on with your life. Give us a call today so we can help fix your smile.