Dentist Dr. Maricela Murillo Provides Same-Day Crowns in San Diego, CA


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Chipped or misshapen teeth don’t always cause a patient pain. But they can make teeth look uneven and affect a patient’s confidence. CEREC at M&M Dental Care is a simple fix to restore an aesthetically pleasing shape and reinforce the natural tooth.

What Are Crowns?

Crowns are caps that fit neatly over the natural tooth. Dentists today are able to closely match the shade of the crown to the patient’s natural teeth. Once the cap is in place, it’s indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

What Are Crowns Made From?

Crowns may be made from:

  • Metal: The most durable option but more visible and may include toxicity issues to consider.
  • Porcelain-coated metal: A popular but more expensive option that combines the strength of metal with the natural appearance of porcelain.
  • Resin: A cost-effective option that looks natural but is not as durable as metal crowns.
  • Porcelain: Ceramic crowns match the natural teeth best, are durable, and are the most bio-compatible.

How Does a Dentist Install a Crown?

Dr. Murillo will first evaluate the damaged tooth’s state to determine if a crown is the best solution. With conventional dentistry, the dentist uses putty to take an impression of the tooth. They’ll then use the impression as a mold for the new crown. The patient goes home and waits for the dentist or dental lab to create their new crown.

When the patient returns, the dentist files away some of the tooth enamel to make space for the cap. They then bond the cap to the tooth.

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What Makes CEREC Crowns Different?

CEREC crowns are simply crowns made from porcelain. CEREC crowns are also known as same-day crowns because they’re made while the patient waits in the dentist’s chair. Dr. Maricela Murillo uses digital scans rather than putty to determine the dimensions. 

The scanner relays the dimensions to a milling machine. The machine crafts the cap while the patient waits. The dentist may refine the shape a little before fitting it. The advantage of the CEREC crown is that the dentist fits the crown in one appointment rather than two.

Who Needs Crowns? 

People need crowns for different reasons. Crowns restore the natural shape of a broken tooth. They also protect and reinforce a damaged tooth. A dentist will usually install a crown after a root canal to strengthen the hollowed tooth. They may also fit a crown over a dental implant to restore full function in the area.

Are Crowns Permanent?

The American Dental Association advises that patients replace crowns after five to seven years. If patients care for their porcelain crowns properly, they can last as long as fifteen years. The porcelain wears faster than natural teeth and is a little more prone to cracking.

Meet the Friendly Team at MM Dental in San Diego Today!

Would you like your teeth to be your crowning glory? Schedule your appointment with Dr. Maricela Murillo at M&M Dental Care in San Diego, CA by calling 619-582-5380 or booking online. Dr. Murillo and her team will discuss your needs and options with you. 

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