What are “one-visit” dental crowns?
Along with the team, Dr. Giulio Spagnuolo lives up to the We Smile Dentistry name; we believe that the process of maintaining and restoring your smile should be comfortable, convenient, pleasant, and stress-free. Technology has brought considerable convenience to the dental world. Notably, the Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC) has made the common procedure of dental crowns in London, Ontario, hassle-free and efficient.
Traditionally, general dentists have applied many manual processes to common treatments. For instance, crowns conventionally require at least two visits to the dentist’s office. The first visit involves preparing the decayed or damaged tooth to “accept” the crown. Information about the prepared tooth is then gathered. These details are sent to an outside lab, where a ceramist uses them to make your permanent crown.
A temporary crown is placed by your dentist to protect the prepared tooth while you wait for the permanent crown to be made. After the crown is delivered to your dentist’s office, you’ll return. Then, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and cement and fix the permanent crown. If the crown doesn’t look or feel right, it must be re-made. You’ll return to the office for a third visit once the second permanent crown or adjusted crown is ready.
By using CEREC technology, We Smile Dentistry is able to offer “one-visit” crowns. Yes, that’s right! You can have your tooth prepared and crown designed, made, and placed in a single appointment. How does it work? Dr. Spagnuolo uses the same type of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software that the architect community uses to build structures to precisely and effortlessly plan and fabricate your lovely, durable restorations. The software transforms an optical impression of your mouth into a 3-dimensional model. This digital model is input into our onsite milling machine, which fashions a natural-looking and long-lasting crown from a quality block of dental ceramic. The crowns are made precisely to your specifications while you wait.
Dr. Spagnuolo applies the crown and assures it fits and feels as well as it looks. Refinements are as simple as visiting another room at our practice, as adjustments are made in-house. No wait. No temporary crown. No second (or third) visit. No stress. No hassle.