How Long Does It Take to Get a Dental Crown?

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When the team at Stratman Family Dentistry recommends a dental crown, you’re bound to have questions. Well, you’ve come to the right place! Read on to learn why you’d need a dental crown and how our advanced dental technology can give you a dental crown in just one visit.

Reasons for a Dental Crown

There are several reasons why Dr. Stratman may recommend that you get a dental crown:

  • Extensive decay or when your tooth has a very large cavity that requires a filling that will compromise the strength of the natural tooth
  • After root canal therapy
  • Cosmetic reasons, including discoloration and damage like a chip or uneven wear

How Long Does It Take to Get a Dental Crown?

When Dr. Stratman advises his patients to get a dental crown, this is one of the first questions they ask – how long will it take? Although for years crowns were a complicated, multi-step, and multi-visit procedure that was inconvenient and disruptive, this is no longer the case with the advent of CEREC one-visit crowns.

What Is CEREC?

CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic. This advanced dental technology uses computer software, special cameras, and an in-office milling machine. With the use of CEREC, we can eliminate the middleman in many cases and create your custom crown in our office for same-day service. CEREC is also pivotal in other dental procedures, including bridges, inlays, and overlays.

A New Crown Over Lunch!

Before CEREC, a crown would take at least two visits – one to X-ray, numb, take an impression of the tooth, send the information off to an off-site milling lab to create the crown, fit a temporary crown, then a second appointment to cement the permanent crown. With CEREC, we will get the images needed to design the restoration, create your custom crown, and cement it to the tooth, all in one visit to our Tucson dental office! Generally we advise our patients to set aside two hours for this procedure – so, essentially an extended lunch break.

Contact Our Team with Additional Questions!

Are you still wondering if a CEREC crown is right for you? We’re happy to answer all of your questions and explain to you why we recommend CEREC crowns for so many of our patients. Contact us today.