Posted by South Friendswood Dental Associates on Apr 5 2023, 11:06 PM
A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength and improve its appearance. Traditionally, a crown is made by taking an impression of the affected tooth and sending it to an off-site lab, where the crown is fabricated by a highly skilled technician. This process can take several weeks to complete, during which time a temporary crown is usually used to protect the affected tooth. After receiving the new crown back, the patient returns for a final fitting and then has to schedule another appointment for their permanent restoration to be cemented into place.
However, thanks to recent developments in dental technology, it is now possible to have same-day crowns placed in many cases, so patients can avoid the wait associated with traditional dental crowns. Same-day crowns are milled on-site using advanced digital scanning equipment, so there is no wait for impressions or for the fabrication of the final restoration. Once made, their color can be matched to the natural shade of a patient’s surrounding teeth, so they are virtually indistinguishable from their neighbors at a glance. Furthermore, they are made of durable porcelain, which is the same material used to create natural teeth. That means they feel completely natural and can last a lifetime with proper care.
Same-day crowns can be fabricated in a single visit, eliminating the need for temporary dental crowns and multiple office visits. With CEREC technology, your dentist can scan your tooth and create a digital impression within minutes. After designing your restoration, your crown can be made using high-quality porcelain material while you wait in the office. During your procedure, your dentist will prepare the tooth by cleaning the enamel and removing the damaged tooth structure. Then, a digital impression of your tooth will be captured, and your dentist will design your custom restoration using the CEREC software. Once the design is complete, the material for your crown will be milled in-house to ensure the perfect fit. Finally, the crown will be bonded to your tooth and polished for a natural-looking appearance. The entire process generally takes about an hour to complete and can conveniently be completed during the same appointment as your consultation.
Same-day crowns offer several benefits over traditional restorations. They eliminate the need for temporary dental crowns and multiple office visits to complete your treatment. Traditional restorations require two appointments: the first to take an impression of your teeth and the second to have your permanent restoration placed. Compared to laboratory-fabricated crowns, same-day crowns are precisely designed to fit your unique smile. These porcelain restorations are strong and durable and can be color-matched to your surrounding teeth for the most natural-looking results. Dental crowns can also be used to restore a single missing tooth or in conjunction with dental implants to replace multiple missing teeth in a row. Following a comprehensive evaluation with your dentist, he may recommend a crown to improve your smile’s appearance and function.
Schedule an appointment with South Friendswood Dental Associates for comprehensive oral care. We are located at 699 S Friendswood Dr., Suite #108, Friendswood, TX 77546. Contact us at (281) 482-7731 or visit our website to book an appointment.