Exceptional Dentistry of Delaware

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): CEREC Same-Visit Dental Crowns and Bridges

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We are partners with our patients and your input matters to us. After your comprehensive dental exam, Dr. Amanda Matthews explains the details of her findings and the treatment she proposes. At Exceptional Dentistry of Delaware, we encourage you to ask us any oral-health related questions you have. Whether something comes up during your exam, or you have a general concern, our dental team is always happy to find the answers you need.

There are questions that we often hear from our Wilmington, DE patients, and we've shared them below. If you don't find the information you need here, please don't hesitate to call us. We've also filled our website with loads of helpful information, so we hope you'll take a few minutes to check it out.

CEREC Same-Visit Dental Crowns and Bridges

Fortunately, CEREC crowns are no more expensive than other lab-made crowns, and come with the added benefit of being completed in one appointment without the need for temporary crowns or goopy, gaggy impressions.

CEREC crowns are designed to protect the tooth similar to how a helmet protects your head. A crown may be necessary in cases where teeth are broken, have large broken-down fillings, or have had previous root canals.


The implant is the anchor for your crown and typically takes 2-3 months to heal before it is a sturdy support. Once we determine your implant is strong enough, your crown only takes about 2 weeks before it is ready to be placed and you can eat normally again!

The average lifespan for any crown is about 5-10 years. Although CEREC crowns are tremendously strong and look very natural, the mouth is a very hostile place. Patients that chew ice, consume a lot of sugar, or grind their teeth may find crowns do not last as long. Crowns last longest when they are cared for through daily brushing and flossing and regular dental checkups.

Unfortunately, nothing in dentistry lasts forever, and dental work doesn't come with warranties. The good news is that dental materials and techniques are always improving, allowing restorations to be stronger for longer.

Dr. Matthews makes it a point to stay up to date on the most current research, techniques, and technology to provide you with the best that dentistry can offer. She will always take extra steps to protect her work. As part of your treatment, Dr. Matthews will also educate you on how you can best care for and maintain your restorations so they last longer. Her meticulous attention to detail means a better, longer-lasting result for you.

The best protection for your dental work is conscientious brushing and flossing and six-month dental exams and cleanings at our Wilmington, DE dental office. Oral hygiene at home removes plaque and food debris that cause gum disease and cavities.

Every time we see you, Dr. Matthews will check the condition of your dental fillings, crowns, bridges, and dental implants. If she does discover a problem, she’ll explain what’s going on and work with you to find the appropriate solution.

We can’t say for sure how long your dental work will last. But we can assure you that we’ll do everything possible to help you maintain a healthy, problem-free smile. If it’s time to schedule your next appointment, please call Exceptional Dentistry of Delaware to get started.

You might. It depends how extensive the damage to the tooth is and where it’s located in your mouth. If enough of the tooth’s structure is compromised, Dr. Matthews would recommend a custom dental crown.

A dental crown fits over a broken tooth to strengthen and protect it from chewing forces and further damage. For instance, a damaged molar requires significant strength to help you chew, and a dental crown might be the best solution in that case.

If you’ve broken a front tooth, however, you need a solution that protects the tooth and doesn't detract from your smile. In this case, dental bonding or porcelain veneers might be a better option for you.

The goal of dentistry is to keep healthy tooth structure intact for as long as possible. Once dental enamel is gone, it’s gone for good. Dental crowns in Wilmington, DE protect a broken tooth, but we may also need to remove some additional healthy structure to place it successfully.

Breaking or chipping off a piece of a tooth can be an upsetting experience, but we have solutions. Dr. Matthews will evaluate your needs and explain the options available and how they’ll benefit your long-term oral health.

If you damage a tooth, call Exceptional Dentistry of Delaware right away. We will arrange to see you at our next available appointment to get you the help you need.

A CEREC crown is the ultimate time-saver! There is only one appointment needed for a CEREC crown. At that appointment, the tooth is prepared and scanned digitally. Our highly trained and skilled dentists then design your crown chairside on our dedicated computer. The crown is then milled and cemented once it is perfect! A traditional crown requires at least two appointments. The first appointment is similar to a CEREC crown however you will typically have multiple goopy impressions taken and you will be fitted with a plastic temporary crown to wear for a few weeks until the lab returns your final crown. You will then need another visit to have this final crown cemented.

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