Did you know that smiling can increase your self-confidence and improve your overall quality of life? Your smile is an important part of your livelihood. It can affect your job, relationships, and even your success in life, which is why we place great importance in helping our patients restore their smile.
Have you experienced tooth loss, a broken or cracked tooth, or do you have a tooth in significant need of repair? At Classic Dental Smiles, we’re pleased to offer beautiful dental crowns and onlays to restore a tooth to its full function and beauty.
To learn more about our same-day crowns and onlays, call our Rancho Bernardo, CA, office today at (858) 485-6781 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Brian Chan.
Dental Crown vs. Onlay
If you have severe tooth decay, to the point where the structural integrity of your tooth has become compromised, a dental crown will be needed. A crown, also known as a “cap,” is a type of dental restoration that goes over the top of the tooth to strengthen and extend the life of the tooth. If a crown is not placed, the tooth could collapse or break off.
When tooth decay is too severe for a filling but the damage is not severe enough for a crown, Dr. Chan will recommend an onlay. An onlay can restore a tooth with a large cavity, protecting it from further damage.
What is CEREC Technology?
CEREC stands for “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics” and uses CAD/CAM computer technology to design and customize a porcelain restoration in one office visit. During your appointment, Dr. Chan will take a digital scan of your tooth, design the crown or onlay on the computer, and use the special chairside milling machine to create the restoration from a single block of porcelain. After the fit is verified and the esthetics approved by the patient, Dr. Chan will use dental cement to permanently place your crown.
This state-of-the-art technology eliminates the need for multiple visits, minimizes your out-of-pocket cost, and prevents more damage from occurring.
What to Expect During Your Appointment
When you arrive for your appointment, Dr. Chan will use oral sedation to numb the area affected. Once you are completely comfortable, Dr. Chan will remove the bacteria and unhealthy tissue from the inside of the tooth, reshaping and preparing it for a crown or onlay.
Next, Dr. Chan will use CEREC to take digital impressions in order to create your customized crown to complement the color, shape, and look of your smile. Before placing permanently placing the restoration with tooth-colored resin, Dr. Chan will make sure it matches the natural look of your smile and fits comfortably. For a few days afterwards you may experience minimal discomfort and sensitivity.
Benefits of CEREC Crowns
We are proud to provide CEREC technology for crown restorations. We believe it to be one of the best and most convenient services a dental office can offer their patients. CEREC technology has truly improved the level of care we can provide for our patients. There are so many advantages that it is almost hard to summarize. A few benefits you can expect include:
- Restore your dental function
- Renew your smile and overall appearance
- Strengthen and protect a cracked, broken, discolored, or severely decayed tooth
- Last you for many years if properly cared for
- Enhance your dental implants and bridges
To extend the life of your restoration, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and regularly visiting your dentist for dental exams and cleanings.
We look forward to meeting you and giving you the care you deserve! Give us a call at our Rancho Bernardo, CA, office today at (858) 485-6781 to learn more about fillings, onlays, crowns, and our CEREC technology.