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Jan
15

The Benefits of Today’s Dental Crowns

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Traditionally dental crowns were often constructed of various metals such as gold and it usually was easy to spot someone with crowns.   Today’s dental crowns are vastly superior to the dental crowns used in the past as far as appearance, function, fit and longevity.  The advancements in the science used to create dental crowns are amazing.  In addition, to dental crowns being manufactured in dental labs, the advancements in the technology has now made one day dental crowns possible.  These crowns are made right in the dentist’s office while you wait, resulting in the entire process of getting a crown being complete in a single day!

Today’s crowns are made of various materials that are white in appearance.  The materials allow the dentist to be able to match the shading of the patients other teeth making it virtually impossible to tell if someone has a dental crown.  In addition, dental crowns now function better and fit better as a result of the manner in which the crown is fabricated.

While traditional dental impressions as still made, many dentists are now using very precise laser to map the surface of the tooth, which has been prepped for a crown.  This data is then entered into a computer running very powerful software and thru the computer aided manufacturing process, the crown is fabricated on a machine that is controlled by the computer.  As a result the fit is in most cases perfect!  Today’s crowns have an extremely long lifespan due to the precision fit and the advancements in the materials used.  In the past, crowns typically had a lifespan of 7-10 years, while today’s crowns are regularly exceeding 10 years.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

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Oct
23

Same Day Dental Crowns

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Traditionally, dental crowns involved two or more visits, which were often weeks apart.  Typically on the first visit, the dentist would prepare the tooth for the crown.  This involved shaping the tooth to receive the crown, as well as making an impression of the patient’s mouth.  The impression was then sent to a dental lab, where they would fabricate the crown.

During the wait for the crown to be manufactured, the patient would wear a temporary crown to protect the tooth that has been prepped.  On the second visit, the dentist installs the crown and makes adjustments as necessary to get the fit right on the tooth, as well as to make sure that the patient’s bite is correct.  Once everything is correct, the crown is permanently glued to the patient’s tooth.  In some cases, the crown would need to be remade if the fit is not correct, leading to a third visit.  Now dental practices have invested in state-of-the-art equipment that allows crowns to be made on site and available the same day!

The heart of this equipment is a CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) system.  In addition, to being able to fabricate dental crowns immediately, the system also eliminates the need for the dentist to take an impression of the patient’s mouth, which is a messy process in itself!  One day dental crowns save patients time, money and the hassle of follow up appointments, while delivering a very high quality dental crown at an affordable price!

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