When your dentist informs you that one of your teeth is decayed or broken beyond repair, they’ll likely follow up by telling you that a dental crown can fix the problem. As with other dental treatments, though, this solution presents further choices. Your dentist may tell you that you have the option of receiving either same-day crowns or traditional lab-made crowns.
Same-Day Crowns vs. Lab-made Crowns
Same-day crowns are made with CAD/CAM technology. It’s custom-milled in the office from long-lasting, natural-looking porcelain.
By contrast, a traditional lab-made crown is made off-site from various materials, like base metal alloys, gold, or porcelain fused to metal. The dentist makes impressions of your teeth and sends them to a separate dental laboratory, where a dental technician creates crowns to fit them.
But that’s not where the differences end.
Length of Crown Process
With lab-made crowns, a minimum of two office visits is usually required to replace a damaged tooth or complete an implant. At the first visit, your dentist will use a tray of gooey material to take a mold of your teeth. Afterward, they’ll place a temporary crown on the tooth to protect it during the transition.
They’ll then send your impression to the dental lab, and you’ll wait two to three weeks for the final product to return to the office. This wait time can be frustrating for patients, as they have to deal with tooth sensitivity and the prospect of the temporary crown falling off before the second appointment when it gets permanently cemented.
With the advent of same-day crowns, the week-long waiting period is a thing of the past. Your dentist will install the crown the same day your tooth is prepared, meaning you’ll have a functional, attractive smile by the time you leave the office.
Comfort and Fit
Dental impressions are uncomfortable and unpleasant for most patients. They’re also susceptible to a degree of error and distortion, which risks leaving the final crown fitting improperly. In this situation, you’ll have to repeat the entire process, including the initial impressions and wait time.
Same-day crowns use advanced digital CAD/CAM technology, making them much faster and more accurate. In as little as a few minutes, a clear, three-dimensional impression of your teeth will appear on a computer screen. Your dentist will use this 3-D impression to create a custom crown that ensures a more precise fit in your mouth.
Advantages of Same-Day Crowns
CAD/CAM dental crowns are convenient for both the dentist and the patient. You only need one appointment, freeing up the dental chair for another patient to receive treatment.
But there are more benefits than just convenience. Others include:
- No uncomfortable impressions
- A perfect match for your natural tooth color
- Restored function
- A more precise fit
- No temporary crown to deal with
In-office dental crowns are made from a solid block of durable dental porcelain that can last well over ten years when properly cared for and maintained.
Find Out More About Same-Day Crowns at Our Office
Gone are the days when patients had to wait several weeks before having permanent crowns installed.
Contact Diana Rodriguez & Associates to schedule your free consultation for same-day crowns and take advantage of this modern marvel of dental technology.
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