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CEREC Same-Day Crowns – Sunnyvale, CA

Restore and Repair Your Smile Without the Wait

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Is your schedule too busy to fit in multiple dental appointments over a short period of time? Dr. Michael Piccione respects the fact that your schedule is busy, which is why he offers CEREC same-day crowns in Sunnyvale. This way, you can get your oral health restored and your damaged tooth protected in just one office visit. Using CEREC technology, Dr. Piccione is able to give you quality and lasting restorations, quickly. All you have to do is contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn how we can save you time!

What is CEREC Technology?

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Dental restorations have been revolutionized with CEREC in Sunnyvale, or the chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics. In the past, crowns, onlays, inlays, and veneers required multiple procedures with at least two weeks of waiting in between. But now, your Sunnyvale dentist can create your new restoration within a matter of minutes, all from the comfort of our office.

CEREC uses computer-assisted design tools with an in-office milling machine to create customized, natural-looking restorations in a single dental appointment. Here’s a breakdown of the three major components that CEREC utilizes:

  • Acquisition device: Here, a high-quality camera and computer are used to photograph a tooth that has been prepared to receive the restoration. With the acquisition device, three-dimensional images are transferred onto the screen, which your dentist will use to craft the personalized restoration.
  • CAD software: Your dentist will use this three-dimensional image to get a thorough look at the tooth from every angle. It helps us come very close to holding the tooth up close, allowing your dentist to draft an accurate blueprint for your new restoration.
  • In-house milling machine: With our in-house unit, we can manufacture your custom crown, inlay, onlay, or veneer while you wait. The machine uses your precise specifications to mill a beautiful restoration from a single block of dental porcelain. It will be ready within a matter of minutes — no bad-tasting or gag-inducing impressions or time spent waiting is required.

How Can CEREC Same-Day Crowns Benefit Me?

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Most patients who need a ceramic restorative treatment — like a crown, veneer, inlay, or onlay — can benefit from the efficiency of CEREC technology. However, people who have a history of breaking ceramic restorations or patients who have a deep bite may require an alternative approach. To find out whether you can benefit from CEREC technology, schedule a consultation with us. Some of the advantages that patients can gain from CEREC restorations include:

  • No need for flimsy temporary restorations.
  • Made from natural-looking, high-quality ceramic.
  • Minimally invasive procedure.
  • Completed in a single office visit.
  • The most cost-effective solution.
  • Leaves more of your natural tooth structure intact.
  • Long-lasting restoration.
  • Biocompatible solution.

What Does The Procedure Involve?

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CEREC uses CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and manufacture) technology that allows us to craft our own custom crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers while you wait. The machine uses our precise specifications to craft a beautiful restoration from a block of dental porcelain. Within a matter of minutes, you’ll have your new restoration without even having to get a bad-tasting or gag-inducing impression.

First, your dentist will prepare the affected tooth, removing decay and shaping the tooth to be wider at the base. Then we’ll take digital impressions which will be transferred to a computer screen. With the image, your dentist will design your new restoration to your specific measurements. The completed design is transmitted to the milling unit, which we will have prepared with a block of porcelain that matches your tooth enamel precisely. It only takes the milling machine about 15 minutes to craft your new restoration, and it will be stronger than what we typically get from a dental lab.

Before final placement, we will ensure the restoration fits just like it should. Then, we’ll polish and affix it to the prepared tooth. And that’s it — your new smile is ready, no follow-up appointments are needed!


dental assistant using a CEREC milling machine

If you’d like to restore your smile in a single appointment but are hesitant about investing in same-day crowns in Sunnyvale, we’ve got you covered. Not only does this technology allow us to craft strong and durable crowns, but we can do it quickly to save you the time and hassle of having to schedule an additional appointment with us. We’ve compiled some questions we get about CEREC technology below so you can feel confident in your investment.

How long do CEREC crowns take to make in-office?

CEREC in Sunnyvale allows us to craft custom crowns for patients without needing them to schedule multiple appointments in the same month. Dr. Michael Piccione understands that people are busy with work and raising families, which is why he has chosen to equip his office with this advanced technology. With it, we’re able to craft a crown and place it in the same appointment.

The visit usually lasts slightly longer than the average dental cleaning and checkup, anywhere between an hour or two. However, there’s typically a 30 to 50 minute gap where patients can use electronics, entertain themselves, or run a quick errand while their crown is being crafted.

How long do CEREC crowns last?

Just because CEREC crowns are fast and utilize effective technology doesn’t mean they’re lacking in quality. The milling process used to create these crowns results in a high-quality ceramic restoration that is just as durable and strong as a traditional one. In fact, when they’re properly cared for, they can last between five and 15 years.

An additional benefit of using CEREC technology is that it’s able to design a more comfortable and precisely-fitted restoration than conventional crowns. This way, you won’t need to have them refitted or adjusted, reducing the maintenance and making them even more durable.

What’s the best way to take care of a CEREC crown?

Taking proper care of your CEREC crown will determine how long it lasts. Once your restoration is placed, you’ll want to make sure the fit is secure and that it doesn’t need to be adjusted. If it does, get this done as soon as possible by scheduling a follow-up appointment. To ensure that you get the most out of your crown, be sure to:

  • Floss every day to ensure the crown is firmly in place.
  • Treat teeth grinding or clenching by getting a nightguard to prevent damage.
  • Try not to eat sticky or hard foods that can cause damage.
  • Brush your teeth twice each day for two minutes.
  • Reduce bad oral habits like smoking and be sure not to consume excessive amounts of stain-causing foods and beverages.
  • Schedule routine checkups and cleanings with Dr. Piccione.

What’s the difference between a traditional crown and a CEREC one?

The obvious difference between CEREC crowns and traditional ones is that you won’t have to visit your dentist for a second appointment and wait for your restoration to be made. On top of this added convenience, CEREC in Sunnyvale also saves you money associated with the fees of using a separate dental laboratory and taking an additional day off school or work. Plus, because CEREC is precise technology, you’ll be able to enjoy a restoration with a seamless fit.