A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size.  A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.

Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth.  They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced.  Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.

Reasons for crowns:

  • Broken or fractured teeth.
  • Cosmetic enhancement.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Fractured fillings.
  • Large fillings.
  • Tooth has a root canal.

What does getting a crown involve?

A crown procedure usually requires two appointments.  Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown.  A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.

While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown.  Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.

At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.

You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.

FAQ About CEREC & Same-Day Crowns

CEREC is an innovative system that creates dental crowns directly in our dental office using 3D imaging technology and an in-office milling machine.

The crowns are of the highest quality and are made of porcelain or composite resin. Unlike traditional crowns, CEREC same-day crowns are made on-site and can be fitted that day - saving you pain, time, and money.

Same-day crowns, also known as CEREC crowns, offer the advantage of being fabricated and placed in a single dental appointment, providing a convenient and time-efficient solution. On the other hand, traditional crowns require multiple visits and a waiting period for the crown to be custom-made in a dental laboratory, offering a broader range of material options and meticulous customization.

CEREC is worth the money if you’re looking for a high-quality tooth restoration or crown replacement in one day. The convenience of just one dentist visit, plus the ability to instantly restore your mouth’s function, is a considerable value that traditional crowns made at exterior labs can’t provide.

CEREC crowns may last 10-15 years or even longer, depending on the crown’s location, use, and dental care. To ensure your crown lasts longer, our team recommends the following:

  • Avoid grinding teeth and wear a nightguard if needed
  • Visit the dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings
  • Maintain quality dental hygiene at home

The cost of a single CEREC crown depends on each case.

Please schedule your consultation today to receive a CEREC cost estimate in Omaha, NE.


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