Single visit dentistry reinvents the experience of dental care. Whether you are being treated for tooth decay or wish to enhance your smile, the latest in dental technology enables us to achieve the best results quickly and comfortably. Our office uses the CEREC system make restorations that used to take from 2 to multiple visits, done now in just a couple of hours!
What To Expect during your visit
Here’s how it works: After the tooth is prepared a digital scan is made to create a virtual 3-D model. The restoration (either a crown, veneer, inlay or onlay) is then designed and sent to our in-house lab, Same Day Ceramics and milled out of a ceramic block specifically selected to match your tooth color.
While it mills, you can relax in our private treatment rooms, while our in-house laboratory creates the perfect restoration. The restoration is tried in to ensure it fits properly and is adjusted if needed. Once it feels comfortable, it gets bonded into place. All it takes is a single visit and you’ll leave with a healthy, confident smile every time.
Benefits of Single Visit Dentistry
- Same day service for most fillings and crowns
- Multiple teeth treated at the same time
- No more second injections, messy impressions and temporaries
- Precisely fitting, esthetic restorations created in our in house ceramics lab
How is a Same-Day Procedure for Crowns or Veneers Performed?
Porcelain crowns typically take multiple appointments with your dentist. First, he or she will ascertain your needs in your first appointment. Then you will return to get the process started. The dentist will prepare the tooth for the crown, shaving down all four sides and the top to make room for the crown on the tooth. Then impressions are taken of the tooth, along with photos of the tooth and the adjacent teeth for color matching. The impressions and photos are sent off to a dental lab where your crown will be created. This process can take up to two weeks. In the meantime, a temporary crown is placed on your tooth. When your crown is completed you return for a third appointment, and the crown is cemented onto your tooth.
Contrast that with the process at Gallery 57 Dental. Here, one of our eight dentists will look at your tooth and see if the solution is a crown, likely to save the tooth if it has serious decay or other damage. We then prepare the tooth for the crown in the same way as described above. But instead of goopy impressions, we instead take a series of high-definition digital images that are used to create a 3D model of your tooth in our CEREC system. The elaborate CEREC system software then enables our dentists to design your porcelain crown on screen right at chairside. We include you in the process so you can see what your crown will look like.
Now, instead of sending you off to wait for the dental lab to make your crown, we send the digital information directly to our CEREC milling station located in our beautiful 57th Street offices. The milling machine then takes a solid block of dental-grade porcelain and mills the tooth precisely to the specs of our design. This only takes about 30 minutes. We then check the color match and fit, and once you are satisfied, we cement the new, beautiful porcelain crown onto your tooth. You’re done, and it was only a single appointment.
We all are busy. By saving you two additional appointments, our patients love our CEREC same-day crowns. Plus, there aren’t any messing impressions or temporary crowns to deal with!
Recovering After Receiving Crowns or Veneers
There’s no recovery time afterwards, no need for a temporary, no second injection at a second visit, no waiting for an outside lab to make the restoration, and no gooey impression!
“Hands down the best experience I’ve had across all health/personal care. The staff is incredibly friendly and accommodating, never spend time waiting, utilize new technology to enhance the experience. I have now recommended Dr. Orlando and Gallery57 to just about anyone who will listen to me… who said going to the dentist has to be a drag!” – Weston O.
Do same-day crowns hurt?
The process of preparing your tooth for your same-day crown is the same as for any crown. Prior to shaving down the tooth to make room for the crown, we locally numb the tooth so you don’t feel a thing. Placing the crown onto your prepared tooth is painless, as well.
What are the disadvantages of same-day crowns or same-day veneers?
There aren’t any. Dental grade porcelain is used for both our same-day crowns and veneers, just as used in a dental lab. They are precisely milled to the specifications we have input with our design. They are cemented onto the tooth or teeth exactly the same way.
The only disadvantage would be if you like to get out of the house and you want the additional appointments necessary for regular crowns or veneers at other dentists!
When to eat after you get your same-day crowns or veneers
There isn’t any delay. We place our crowns and veneers with permanent dental cement. This bonds immediately. It’s not a bad idea to wait a day or so to eat anything overly chewy, but you don’t necessarily have to. You can enjoy your new smile immediately.
How long will my same-day crown last?
Our porcelain crowns created with our CEREC system are every bit as durable and resistant to staining and damage as crowns created in a dental lab. Crowns typically can last up to 20 years or longer.
The key is the home hygiene you provide. Our CEREC crowns can’t decay, but the underlying natural tooth can still decay. Plus, if you chew ice, bite your fingernails, or gnaw on bones, these habits put extra pressure on your crown and can shorten the lifespan. As long as you take good care of your teeth by brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing once (particularly under the bottom of the crown), you’ll enjoy your crown for the long haul.
How long do same-day veneers last?
As with crowns, our same-day veneers last just as long as those created in a dental lab. They are made of dental-grade porcelain. They won’t stain. They are very strong. Any porcelain veneer can be expected to last anywhere from 8 to 20 years. As with crowns, the longevity of your CEREC same-day porcelain veneers from Gallery 57 Dental depends on your home hygiene and personal habits. Take care of your veneers and your teeth holding the veneers and they will last for many years.