Same-Day Crowns

Traditional dental crowns require two separate appointments. But at Half Moon Bay Family Dentistry, we offer same-day crowns that efficiently restore your smile. Dr. Riley and Dr. Gabby are certified to create a CEREC crown in one visit so you can return to your regular routine.

Dentists using a CEREC same day crown machine.

What Does CEREC Stand for?

CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. This crown technique uses computer-assisted design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM), allowing Dr. Riley and Dr. Gabby to complete a dental crown procedure in-office with one visit.

Instead of waiting several weeks for a custom dental crown to return from a lab, you can have a crown placed in just one day in our Half Moon Bay office!

How a Same-Day Crown Works

Conventional Dental Crowns

Conventional dental crowns require two visits to complete the procedure. At the first visit, the tooth is prepared. Then, we take an impression of the tooth and place a temporary crown over the remaining structure.

The impression is sent to an outside dental lab, which creates a custom crown. The patient returns after a few weeks to have the temporary crown removed and the permanent crown placed.

Same-Day Dental Crowns

Same-day crowns condense this process into one visit by eliminating the need for a dental lab. Instead, a handheld intraoral camera takes a 3D digital impression of the treated tooth. Specialized software converts this image into a computerized 3D model of your tooth, which Dr. Riley and Dr. Gabby use to design your new crown.

Once the custom design is finished, the digital file is transferred to our in-office milling machine. This machine works like a 3D printer and cuts your crown out of a tooth-colored dental zirconia block.

Milling the tooth takes a little time, which you can use to relax. Once the mill finishes your crown, we ensure it fits correctly. We'll make necessary adjustments and cement it just like a lab-made crown. You'll leave the office with your permanent restoration and a more confident smile.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Same-Day Dental Crowns?

Most patients who are candidates for a conventional dental crown can have a same-day crown. These patients typically have a combination of cosmetic and structural problems that have weakened one or more teeth. These issues might include:

Broken teeth
Significant decay
Excessive wear
Chips or cracks
Teeth that have undergone root canal treatment

The root of the tooth must be intact and remain structurally sound. Existing decay must be removed before the crown is placed. If not, it could progress underneath the crown and destroy the tooth.

Female patient discussing options with dentist for same day crowns
Female patient examining the completion of her same day crown after installation.

Benefits of a Same-Day Crown

The most significant benefit of a same-day crown is the time it saves you. But there are several other benefits you gain by going through this single-appointment procedure:

No uncomfortable, messy impression material is used
No temporary crown is required, limiting the risk of additional damage while waiting for the permanent crown
We use high-quality ceramic materials to create a durable, natural-looking tooth

Keeping up with multiple dental visits is never convenient. The same-day crown procedure simplifies your dental care while keeping you comfortable.

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Half Moon Bay

780 Purissima St. Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 726-2156
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