Same-Day Crowns: What You Need to Know
Dental crowns are a common dental procedure that involves placing a cap over a damaged or decayed tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength. Traditional crowns typically require multiple appointments and a waiting period of several weeks, during which a temporary crown is used to protect the tooth. However, with advances in dental technology, same-day crowns are becoming increasingly popular.
What are Same-Day Crowns?
Same-day crowns are crowns that can be designed, fabricated, and placed in a single appointment at the dental office. This is made possible by computer-aided design and manufacturing technology, which allows dentists to create custom-fitted crowns quickly and accurately.
The process begins with a digital scan of the patient’s teeth using a specialized camera, which produces a 3D image of the tooth and surrounding area. This image is used to design a virtual crown that precisely fits the patient’s tooth. The design is then sent to a milling machine, which removes the crown from a block of porcelain or other dental material. Once the crown is finished, it can be immediately placed over the prepared tooth, eliminating the need for a temporary crown and a second appointment.
Benefits of Same-Day Crowns
There are several benefits to choosing same-day crowns over traditional crowns:
- Convenience: With same-day crowns, patients can have their damaged or decayed teeth restored in a single visit, eliminating the need for multiple appointments and time-consuming waiting periods.
- Accuracy: CEREC technology used to create same-day crowns produces highly accurate results, ensuring a precise fit and comfortable bite.
- Aesthetics: Same-day crowns are made from high-quality dental materials that closely resemble natural teeth, providing a seamless and natural-looking restoration.
- Comfort: Traditional crowns often require multiple injections of local anesthesia and may cause discomfort or sensitivity during the waiting period. Same-day crowns minimize the amount of time the patient needs to spend in the dental chair, reducing discomfort and improving the overall experience
- Durability: Same-day crowns are made from high-quality materials that are designed to last, providing a long-lasting restoration that can withstand normal wear and tear.
Is Same-Day Crowns Right For You?
If you have a damaged or decayed tooth that requires a crown, same-day dental crowns may be an excellent option for you. However, not all patients are candidates for same-day crowns, and our dentists will need to evaluate your specific situation to determine if this procedure is right for you. In general, same-day crowns are best suited for patients with a healthy tooth structure and minimal damage or decay.
Same-day dental crowns are an innovative and convenient solution for patients who require crown restoration. With the advanced technology and accurate results, same-day crowns offer several benefits over traditional crowns, including convenience, accuracy, aesthetics, comfort, and durability. If you think same-day crowns may be right for you, call our office to find out more about this cutting-edge dental procedure.