A dental crown covers the entire visible portion of a damaged tooth, adding strength and protection. This restoration can also conceal cosmetic imperfections. Your dentist may recommend a dental crown if you:
It is important that the remaining tooth structure is sound and stable enough to support a restoration. Should the tooth be unsalvageable, your dentist may recommend extraction and an implant-supported crown.
Unlike a traditional restoration, which typically requires two visits to the office, a same day crown can be designed and crafted in a single appointment.
Same day crown fabrication involves the use of CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) technology, such as CEREC®, to deliver a restoration in just one office visit. The accuracy of CAD/CAM technology can improve your overall dental experience, reduce costs, and provide stunning results.
If you are a candidate for a same day crown, your dentist can begin by preparing your tooth. This involves removing any damaged tissue, as well as a small amount of enamel, to create sufficient space for the crown. Although the area will be numb, you may elect to receive additional sedation if you are particularly nervous about treatment. After preparing your tooth, your dentist can capture 3-D images of your smile and then immediately upload them to a nearby computer.
Using specialized software, your dentist can create a virtual model of your crown, taking into account the measurements of your smile as well as the shade of your teeth. Once your dentist is satisfied with the overall design, an in-office milling unit can construct your crown from single block of porcelain. This process typically takes about one hour. Once your crown is ready, your dentist can check it against neighboring teeth to ensure it fits comfortably in your bite. If no modifications are needed, the crown will be bonded in place and polished to add the finishing touches.
With the advent of same day technology, dentists are able to provide more convenient and efficient care. In addition, patients can enjoy:
A same day crown can last as long as a traditional crown with the proper care.
To extend the longevity of your crown, you should:
One of the most important things you can do for your teeth is to schedule biannual checkups at your dentist’s office. During these visits, your dentist can assess your teeth and gums, as well as identify and treat areas of concern.