What Are Same-Day Crowns?
A dental crown is a prosthetic solution used to cover a damaged or decayed tooth. It is typically employed when a tooth lacks the strength for supporting a filling or when a large filling requires replacement. Traditional dental crowns usually involve a minimum of two dental appointments for completion. However, in recent years, same-day crowns have become a popular, more convenient alternative. These crowns are designed, manufactured, and placed all in one dental visit, offering patients a faster and more convenient option compared to the traditional approach.
Same-day crowns utilize computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technology. The process starts with a digital scan of the patient's teeth, creating a 3D model of the tooth in need of the crown. The dentist uses this 3D model to create the crown, carefully considering its size, shape, and color to match the patient's natural teeth. Following the design phase, the data is sent to a milling machine, which carves the crown from a block of dental ceramic. Finally, the crown is polished and securely attached to the tooth with dental cement.
Choosing same-day crowns offers several advantages over traditional dental crowns. Notably, it saves time and enhances convenience since patients can have their damaged teeth restored in a single dental visit, eliminating the need for multiple appointments. Additionally, same-day crowns are engineered for exceptional durability and longevity, ensuring that patients enjoy both functional and aesthetically pleasing tooth restoration for many years to come.
How Does Same-Day Crown Work?
Same-day crowns make use of advanced CAD/CAM technology, allowing our dentist to create a digital impression of the tooth that needs a crown. This digital impression acts as the blueprint for crafting the crown, taking into careful consideration its size, shape, and color to blend seamlessly with the patient's natural teeth. Once the design is finalized, the data is sent to a milling machine, which sculpts the crown from a block of dental ceramic. Impressively, the milling process typically concludes in less than an hour, making it possible to create and place the crown in just one dental visit. After the crown is crafted, it undergoes a polishing process and is firmly attached to the tooth using dental cement.
Benefits Of Same-Day Crowns
- One dental visit is needed, no need for temporary crowns
- Precise fit and color match
- Long-lasting and durable restoration
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