Traditional dental crowns could take weeks to be completed, but with advancements in technology, many dentists can now create a dental crown in a matter of hours!
A dental crown is used to restore a tooth back to its normal functionality. Crowns are used in a number of cases including:
- Covering a dental implant
- Treating discoloration
- Repairing a cracked tooth
- Supporting a dental bridge
Traditional dental crowns are sent to a lab to be created, usually taking a couple weeks to be completed and sent back to the dentist. On the other hand, same day crowns are created in a couple of hours using 3D images of the tooth and made right in the dentist’s office.
If your dentist recommends receiving a same day crown, here is what you can expect:
Step 1: Preparing the Tooth
As long as the tooth does not have severe damage, your tooth will begin to be prepared for the crown. This includes filing down the sides and top of the tooth to ensure the crown will fit.
Step 2: Digital Images
The dentist will then use a small camera to take digital images of the tooth that are sent to a computer that creates 3D images of the tooth.
Step 3: Creating the Crown
The computer will take the 3D images and create a ceramic crown that fits your tooth using a milling machine.
Step 4: Placing the Crown
Once the tooth is created, your dentist will place the crown on your tooth and seal it using a special adhesive.
Same day crowns offer the same benefits of traditional crowns but with the added benefit of having the crown placed in one visit rather than multiple ones. For more information like this, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!