River Oak Dental Spa

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Oakdale, CA

If you have a damaged or decayed tooth that needs to be restored, a crown can help. Christina Tourtlotte, DDS, and the team of dental experts at River Oak Dental Spa provide high quality, CEREC® same-day crowns for their patients in Oakdale, California. Improve the health of your smile today and schedule an appointment with River Oak Dental Spa by phone or online.

Crowns Q & A

What is a crown?

A crown is a prosthetic cap that surrounds and covers up the portion of your tooth above the gumline. Your crown is designed from an impression of your mouth, so it will be the same size and shape as your original tooth cap. Once it’s sealed on your tooth, it will feel and function just like your natural tooth.

What purposes do crowns serve?

Crowns are very versatile and serve a number of purposes. Dr. Tourtlotte and the team at River Oak Dental Spa might recommend a crown to treat any of the following conditions: 

  • Broken tooth
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Fractured fillings
  • Replacing fillings that are too large or too numerous

Your dentist typically also recommends a crown after getting root canal therapy in order to strengthen your tooth and restore its structural integrity. 

Crowns can serve cosmetic functions, as well. If you have a tooth that’s discolored, misshapen, or otherwise unsightly, Dr. Tourtlotte and the team can enhance its appearance by replacing its cap with a crown.

What happens when I get a crown?

River Oak Dental Spa offers CEREC crowns for their patients, which makes the process of getting a crown significantly more quick and easy. CEREC stands for “chairside economical restorations of esthetic ceramic,” and is a system that enables Dr. Tourtlotte and the team at River Oak Dental Spa to make and fit your crown in a single office visit.

Without CEREC, it takes at least two appointments spread out over a couple of weeks to make and fit your crown. Your dentist would have to remove enamel from your tooth, take an impression, and send the information out to an offsite lab. That lab typically takes a couple of weeks to make your crown, during which time you have to wear an uncomfortable temporary.

When you get a crown with CEREC, your dentist makes your crown with an in-office milling machine, which carves it from a tiny block of porcelain. The raw materials for a CEREC crown are made from compressed porcelain, rather than laboratory-layered porcelain, which makes your crown stronger and more durable. 

It only takes about 15 minutes to mill your crown, after which your dentist bonds it to your tooth. You leave the office with a beautifully restored smile in just a single visit.

To learn more about how CEREC crowns can restore your oral health and enhance your dental experience, schedule a visit by phone or web with River Oak Dental Spa today.