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How to Make the Most of Your Same-Day Crown

How to Make the Most of Your Same-Day Crown

Broken, chipped, and decayed teeth don’t have to bring your smile down. Repair them in just one visit with a same-day crown. These restorations look and feel like your natural teeth and make you feel confident and attractive when you flash your smile.

Conventional crowns take at least two weeks and multiple visits to craft and fit. Advanced Care Dentistry in Woodinville, Washington, the dental team of Thomas O. Marxen, DDS, MSD, and Andrew Keith, DDS, offers you a faster alternative. The practice provides innovative CEREC same-day crowns that are crafted, fit, and placed in less than two hours. 

CEREC crowns give you an impeccable smile. Because these same-day crowns don’t have metal cores, so they look more natural than conventional ones. They’ll match your natural teeth and reflect light so well your friends won’t even know you’ve had dental work done. 

Here’s how to care for your same-day crowns and make them last!

The crown experience

The team at Advanced Care Dentistry first prepares the tooth that will receive the crown. You want it to fit well, so your dentist removes any decay or damage and gently files down the tooth. A big difference with a CEREC crown is that they’ll need to shave down far less of your natural tooth to prepare for a CEREC crown than a conventional crown. 

Your dentist uses a special intraoral camera to take a 3D digital impression of the tooth. The CEREC system uses these digital impressions to design a crown that matches your natural smile. The restoration’s color, shape, and sheen blend with your other teeth.

Your dentist then bonds the tooth into your mouth, adjusting your bite as needed. 

Using a same-day crown

You can use your same-day crown for normal speaking and chewing right away. You may have some tooth and gum soreness and sensitivity for a few hours up to a few days. Over-the-counter pain medications can help ease discomfort. 

You may notice you’re particularly sensitive to very hot or cold foods and beverages during this healing process. Avoid crunchy and sticky foods for about 24 hours to ensure the bond sets fully.

Avoid habits like biting your fingernails, chewing on ice cubes, grinding and clenching, and using your teeth as tools. This preserves all your teeth, including your CEREC crown.

Resume your good at-home dental hygiene routine right away. This means brushing at least twice per day, flossing daily, and scheduling regular check-ups and cleanings at Advanced Care Dentistry. 

With proper care, a crown can last between 5 and 15 years, and sometimes longer. CEREC crowns are as durable, if not more durable, than conventional crowns with metal cores. This is great news because you don’t want to keep returning to our office to get your restoration repaired or replaced.

If you need a crown, contact Advanced Care Dentistry. We can get your tooth prepped, crown crafted, and restoration placed all in one visit. Call the office or reach out via this website to schedule an appointment.

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