Single-visit Dental Crowns & Bridges

A dental crown can be used to protect a badly broken or cracked tooth, to restore the original look of a severely worn tooth, or to replace large fillings. Leaving a cracked tooth untreated can have deleterious consequences. A crown is also used to protect a tooth after root canal treatment.

A dental bridge can be used to replace one or more missing teeth, replace a partial denture, and stop remaining teeth from shifting positions. Artificial teeth that match your natural teeth are fitted onto a “bridge” that is anchored to the teeth adjacent to the area missing teeth.

Our in-house CEREC technology lets us fit most crowns and some types of bridges in a single visit; while-you-wait. More complex crowns and bridges may still need to be fabricated by a dental laboratory.

 

Benefits

  • Single-visit convenience and comfort. No repeat visits and no repeat anaesthesia.
  • Getting a crown in one sitting also means no more fitting and removing an uncomfortable and temporary looking temporary crowns.
  • Instead of waiting 10 days for a crown to be made in a lab, you wait 40 minutes! Enjoy ‘me time’ as you kick back and surf the web on one of our tablets, or enjoy the latest of our magazines.
  • CEREC technology uses 3D scans for high-precision custom-fitted restorations. Scans are done before and after the tooth is prepared to replicate the tooth exactly. No guesswork required.
  • 3D scanning also means no more unpleasant dental impression material.
  • Chair-side scan and mill removes likelihood of any communication errors when dealing with an external lab.
  • CEREC can produce 2- to 3-unit bridges from a single ceramic block for greater strength.

 CEREC Quick Facts

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  • Proven clinical safety with >250 scientific studies.
  • Proven long-term stability of approximately 95%.
  • >28 million restorations placed worldwide.
  • Digital impressions in colour.
  • Chair-side milling.
  • Find out more about CEREC at CEREC Stories.

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Need to Know

CEREC single-visit dental crowns and bridges may not be suitable for everyone. Some larger crowns and complex bridges may still need to be done in the conventional way requiring at least two visits. We can help you understand the options.

Unlike some practitioners who also offer CEREC technology, we actually have the CEREC machine in our clinic. This means a 40 minute wait for you, instead of their two-visits-in-a-day service.

Not all dental labs are the same! You need to know where you crowns and bridges are made. The location of the lab (local or overseas) does not automatically guarantee a quality outcome. We use Australian-registered dental labs who operate in authority-approved premises, staffed by qualified technicians and who use Therapeutic Goods Administration-standard materials.

Steps (Conventional crown)

Visit 1:

  1. Take an impression of the tooth.
  2. Prepare the tooth by removing the outer area.
  3. Take an impression of the prepared tooth.
  4. Fit a temporary crown.
  5. Send the impressions to an external dental lab.

Visit 2:

  1. Remove the temporary crown.
  2. Fit the crown manufactured by the lab.
  3. Adjust the fit.

Steps (CEREC) -made crown

  1. 3D-scan the original tooth.
  2. Prepare the tooth by removing the outer layer.
  3. 3D-scan the prepared tooth.
  4. Mill the new crown to precisely fit the 3D scans.
  5. Fit the new crown.

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Technology for dental crowns and bridges have come a long way.
Here at South Street Dental, we can help you understand the right option for you.
Contact our Perth clinic today for more information or to book your appointment.
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