Dental Tips Blog

Dec
28

Are All Porcelain Dental Crowns Equal?

Posted in Crowns

Do you need to repair a worn out, broken down tooth with a new crown? Tooth colored dental crowns can protect your tooth while also enhancing the way your smile looks. Porcelain dental crowns have been used for decades, but the materials are continuing to evolve. What makes one different from the next?

Porcelain Fused to Metal 

These porcelain crowns are fused to a metal base, which is bonded over your prepped tooth. They were first introduced in the 1950s as a way to aesthetically repair the teeth in the front of the mouth. Unfortunately, the metal base often leaves a slight “grey line” around the gumlines of the tooth.

Ceramic Crowns

Full ceramic crowns are made of materials that match your other teeth. This allows the restoration to blend in as best as possible. A variety of ceramic materials may be used, including porcelain, zirconia, and other types of ceramics. Each one offers alternative benefits, such as translucency, shading, and durability.

Same Day Resin Crowns

“Same Day” dental crowns are milled right in the dental office, from a block of custom matched resin material. They are very similar to full ceramic crowns that are made in a dental laboratory, but without the additional office visit that is needed.

Which type of crown is right for you? One of the biggest factors is where the tooth is located in your mouth. The visibility and chewing forces necessary will determine whether or not one is better for you than the other. Talk to your dentist to see which type of crown he or she suggests on your tooth and why.

Posted on behalf of:
Rowe Family Dental Care
2320 Satellite Blvd NW #120
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 622-5909

Oct
28

3 Reasons to Consider Same-Day Dental Crowns

Posted in Crowns

Dental crowns are a lasting and lovely means of protecting a tooth that has been compromised by fracture or decay. What is the only thing better than a crown? A custom-designed crown fitted to your tooth in a single appointment.Many dental offices offer you the option of having your crown completed in one day. How does this benefit you?

Convenience

Same-day crowns are delivered before you leave the dental chair, eliminating the need to send you home with a temporary crown. You can now pursue this necessary dental treatment without worrying about the time it will cost you for multiple appointments. Temporary crowns are easily removed by accident, meaning that extra office trips are required to cement them back on. None of these worries come with a same-day crown!

A Durable and Natural-Looking Restoration

The same-day crown is milled from ceramic so that there is no need to have any metal in the mouth. This beautiful material looks just like natural tooth, giving you a strong and stellar smile.

Fewer Needles!

Nearly any dental procedure is made more comfortable with local anesthesia and this includes preparing a tooth for a dental crown. Many people don’t care for needles, however, so they don’t like coming back for multiple appointments during which they have to get an injection or two. As same-day crowns are completed in one appointment, you only have to be numbed once.

When you need to save your tooth with a reliable and beautiful restoration, choose a same-day crown to get all the benefits in a fraction of the usual time. Your dentist will be happy to help you decide on the restoration that is just right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339

Jun
1

Same-Day Dental Crowns

Posted in Crowns

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 Process

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.

Comparisons

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
(770) 622-5909

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