At Premier Dental, we often talk with our patients about dental crowns and why they’re needed. Sometimes dental crowns can be confusing, or a completely new idea to some, and so we like to take the time and explain why dental crowns are needed and so helpful in the dental industry. Dental crowns do a wonderful job at protecting your teeth and enhancing the look and health of your smile. Did you know that same-day crowns are also available? Let’s clear up some crown confusions!

Dental crowns explained … check out the video and article by WebMD HERE.

Main Reasons for a Dental Crown

  • A broken tooth. If you’ve experienced a broken tooth, or there’s a high probability of a tooth being broken in the future, a dental crown is often the best answer for your oral care. If you just need a dental crown when a tooth breaks – count yourself in the lucky category! Sometimes our teeth can break deep into the tooth that a root canal may be needed or a tooth can be non-restorable. So, your dentist may recommend crowns for teeth that are at risk of fracturing or breaking to prevent any damage.
  • Large fillings. When we have to deal with an annoying cavity – your dentist will have to remove part of your tooth’s structure to clean out the infection and restore the tooth. If there isn’t much tooth left, a filling that’s large in size will probably fail over a short period of time. Instead of having to deal with a filling and then a crown, your dentist may suggest a crown from the get-go. Dental crowns are made from much stronger materials than a filling, so they are much longer lasting. Similarly, if a tooth has had to withstand multiple fillings, then a crown may be a good next step.

The steps of getting a dental crown.

Additional reasons you may need a dental crown:

  • To cover and protect a tooth that has been weakened, usually due to decay.
  • To stabilize sections of a cracked tooth.
  • To repair a tooth that has been severely worn down.
  • To reinforce a tooth that has had a root canal.
  • To anchor a dental bridge in place.
  • To repair misshaped or severely discolored teeth.
  • To encase a dental implant.

So, What Exactly is a Dental Crown?

We’re so glad you asked! Dental crowns will allow your tooth to function normally again without worrying about the tooth cracking. A dental crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant.

Dental crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. Porcelain crowns are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth. A crown is almost like a hat that covers the tooth that you can see above the gum line. Dental crowns last, on average, 7-15 years, and if taken care of, they can last for decades.

If you have any questions or concerns about dental crowns, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or come see us. We are happy to walk through all dental options with you.

Learn more about the 7 Types of Tooth Restoration.

CEREC Same-Day Crowns 

CEREC same-day crowns are made for you during one single visit in our office. That means, you avoid:

  • Getting a temporary crown
  • Gooey dental impressions
  • Waiting several weeks for the lab to make your permanent crown
  • Returning for another appointment to place your crown

That’s right same-day crowns in one visit!

By using CEREC technology, the computer will take a picture of the tooth that is to receive the new crown and its surrounding teeth. The dentists can design your crown and match its color to the rest of your natural teeth, because of the CAD software that works with this system. This type of crown is also stronger than other types, because it is made from a single block of material. Learn more about CEREC Same Day Crown Technology.

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Why Same-Day Crowns are Better for You

  • ELIMINATES THE UNPLEASANT IMPRESSION PROCESS: The digital scanner captures a full-mouth image in seconds—no biting down on impression material for several minutes, no numbness, and no jaw ache.
  • NO FOLLOW-UP APPOINTMENT NECESSARY: We create and place your permanent dental restoration in one visit, letting you get on with life—eliminating the need for an uncomfortable, inconvenient temporary crown.
  • A LONG-TERM SOLUTION: Proven in dental practices millions of times over to offer lasting results, it’s trusted technology developed by Dentsply Sirona, the world leader in dental solutions.
  • LOOKS AND ACTS LIKE A REAL TOOTH: Unlike many conventional crowns that use a metal base (which limits translucency) and can have a dark edge, a CEREC crown looks and feels like your natural tooth. And it most closely matches the hardness of a real tooth, helping prevent wear and tear.
  • PRESERVES MORE OF YOUR NATURAL TOOTH: Only decayed or damaged tooth surface is removed, preserving as much of the healthy tooth as possible.

CEREC Same-Day Crowns are Available at Premier Dental in Lee’s Summit

The CEREC system used by Dr. Caye at Premier Dental is used to create all-porcelain crowns and bridges, veneers, and fillings during one simple appointment.

Related Article: Fact or Fiction: You Can Get a CEREC Same Day Crown

Here’s what one of our patients said:

“Wonderful full experience from early Monday morning call to late afternoon cracked tooth crowned and solved! Amazing responsive team start to finish! Dr. CAYE is #1 in crowns. Promise you! 2hours or less! Try them… competent & kind.” – Beth G.


Dr. Stephan Caye and his friendly, experienced team at Premier Dental offer affordable family dentistry and gentle dental care in the Lee’s Summit, MO area. Our office is conveniently located off of Highway 50 and SE Blue Parkway. We offer appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At Premier Dental, we provide most dental health services, from family and general dentistry to specialty procedures, including dental implants, dentures, endodontic or root canal treatment, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, emergency dental care and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Please call us at (816) 600-6330 to schedule an appointment.