Traditionally, crowns are designed from an impression of your tooth in a lab that is separate from the clinical dental office. The process is thorough and precise, but can take weeks to accomplish. In the meantime, there is a temporary crown that is placed, but there is often the danger of that popping off, accidentally. There is no waiting and no temporary crown associated with a same-day crown procedure.
What are same-day dental crowns like?
The dentist will prepare the tooth as usual to be fitted for a crown. Ordinarily, an impression is taken of the tooth and surrounding areas, which is then sent away to a dental laboratory. When a crown is made and delivered in one appointment, CAD/CAM (computer-assisted design and computer-assisted manufacturing) technology is used to capture a three-dimensional image of the prepared tooth. The specifications for the tooth’s design are computed and then sculpted out of a block of porcelain in a milling machine. The finished product is cemented into place and checked for a comfortable fit.
The quality and durability of same-day crowns have so far proven to be on par with their more traditional counterparts. Traditional crowns tend to appear more life-like, and many feel it is preferable to wait longer on a regular crown for a visible front tooth. For the less-visible back teeth, however, it is often much easier to have the needed crown completed in one day to save on time and discomfort.
There is no compromise of quality for time, if you choose a same-day crown. Ask your dentist about the technology available to produce comfortable and lasting crowns.
Posted on behalf of:
Rowe Family Dental Care
2320 Satellite Blvd NW #120
Duluth, GA 30096
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