What to Expect During a Same Day Crowns Procedure
Dental crowns are one of the most common types of dental restorations, with countless patients receiving them every year. Crowns can be used to address a variety of dental problems including teeth that are:
- Badly decayed, beyond what can be repaired with a cavity filling.
- Severely eroded, usually due to grinding or GERD
- Cracked or broken
- Undersized or misshapen
They are also used to support dental bridgework as they are attached to teeth either side of the gap.
Crowns look just like teeth but are hollow inside so that they can be placed over the top of your damaged or decayed tooth, encasing it completely inside. Once in place, it restores the strength, shape and function of your tooth, and thanks to crowns now being available in color-matched porcelain, they also look so natural that it will be virtually impossible to tell that it is no longer an original tooth.
The process to receive a dental crown usually involves a series of different appointments, including your initial consultation, an appointment to take moulds of your teeth, another to prepare your tooth, and finally one to fit your dental crown. When you have a supremely busy schedule already, the thought of trying to find time to attend all of these appointments can be frustrating, not to mention the fact that you will need to live with your decayed or damaged tooth until the crown is ready.
Fortunately, there is an alternative to undergoing a lengthy dental crown process. Dentistry has continued to evolve and thanks to the use of progressive CEREC technology, it is now possible to have a high-quality dental crown created the very same day.
What to expect during your CEREC Same-Day Crown procedure
The process to receive a CEREC same-day crown is very straightforward. To help you feel prepared, here is what to expect when you arrive for your appointment.
Firstly, your dentist will undergo a physical examination of your teeth to ensure that a crown is the best solution for your dental problem. If your dentist agrees that a crown is the most suitable treatment for your affected tooth, the tooth will then be prepped for receiving the new crown. This will involve removing any areas of decay that have accumulated or infected soft tissue.
Once your tooth has been prepped, your dentist will take a digital image of your tooth to be crowned. This is then sent to the CEREC machine for it to work its magic! The software will create a 3D model of your tooth which will be used to design your same-day crown.
After the design has been finalized, it is sent to a machine that will mill your crown while you wait. Since porcelain is available in a variety of shades, your dental team will choose one which most closely resembles your natural teeth, helping to make your new crown incredible discreet.
Once the crown is ready, your dentist will check the fit against your tooth before cementing is permanently in place, polishing it and making sure it looks natural and attractive. If any revisions to the crown are required, they can be carried out before the permanent fitting takes place.
Benefits of choosing same-day dental crowns
Unsurprisingly, same-day crowns are becoming increasingly popular thanks to the array of benefits that they offer patients when compared to conventional crowns. These include:
- Fewer dental appointments.
- Less injections needed since everything is carried out on one day.
- Cutting-edge technology enables greater precision when creating your custom-fit crown.
- No need to wear an ugly metal temporary crown while you are waiting for your permanent replacement.
- Crowns that are just as durable as those used in conventional procedures.
- Improved function and appearance of your smile in just one day.
If you are interested in finding out more about same-day crowns, our knowledgeable and professional dental team are on hand to answer your queries. Alternatively, why not contact us and arrange an appointment with Dr. Spellman to discuss your individual circumstances and to find out if a dental crown is the best solution for your needs.