Crowns, sometimes called caps, are fixed prosthetic devices that completely cover a tooth.

They are cemented (glued) onto existing teeth or implants. They restore the normal shape and appearance of teeth. They can be used as a stand-alone solution or in multiple units to improve smiles overnight

Crowns are indicated in many situations including large failed fillings, cracked teeth, and root treated teeth. They can be made of many different materials and generally require two visits to complete.

The initial visit involves adjusting the recipient tooth, the second allows for the crown to be fitted/ cemented. There is a small space of a few days between the two visits to allow for the dental technicians to fabricate the bespoke custom made crown. During this time the prepared tooth will have a temporary crown in place.

CEREC Same-Day Crowns – 1 Hour

Imagine a world where you can have a false tooth both made and fitted within one hour, during a single visit. Now imagine that that world already exists.

Thanks to the sophisticated system of CEREC technology (acronym for Ceramic Reconstruction or Chairside Economic Restorations of Esthetic Ceramics) created by Sirona Dental Systems UK, we can now design, fabricate and fit crowns, veneers, inlays, fillings and – in some cases bridges – instantaneously, in what is currently one of the most exciting technologies dentistry has to offer.

Allowing us to replace a damaged or missing tooth with a ceramic material that’s designed to mimic the natural properties of tooth enamel, it truly is revolutionary.

How does it work?

We prepare your tooth as we normally would, except instead of using dental putty to take an impression of your tooth, we coat the tooth with a non-toxic, tasteless powder before taking a digital image with a special camera.

We then convert it into a precise high-definition 3D computerised model of your tooth, which is then used as a guide to design your new restoration. Once satisfied with this, we then send the data to an in-surgery milling machine which constructs your new tooth from a high-quality ceramic block, coming in a wide variety of shades and colours.

Depending on the complexity of the tooth, this can take anywhere from as little to six minutes to 30 minutes – a far cry from the two week wait of old! Your new restoration is then cemented in place onto your prepared tooth and polished – both strengthening and sealing it at the same time.

What are the benefits?

  • No impressions or temporary restorations are needed
  • No two-week wait
  • No need for a second appointment
  • Better than silver fillings, which add no strength to the tooth and eventually leak, crack and weaken the tooth
  • Can often save badly broken teeth which would otherwise need to be extracted
  • Can last up to 20 years or more – unlike metal fillings which need to be replaced after 10 years
  • Negligible loss of tooth tissue as less drilling is required
  • NO need for putty based impression
  • Cost effective