Using crowns to restore the look and function of your tooth.
Sometimes, your teeth can become damaged or decayed to the point that they’re no longer candidates for conventional restorative dental treatments, such as fillings or bondings.
When this is the case, your dentist might recommend a dental crown.
A crown covers your tooth or dental implant. Once in place, it restores your tooth to its normal shape, size, and function.
As you research your options, you’ll find that there are two types of dental crowns available. You can opt for a same day crown, or you can choose a lab-created crown. Today, we’re sharing 10 advantages of same day crowns and what to expect during this treatment.
What are same day crowns?
First, there is no one-size-fits-all crown. Rather, each one must be custom-made to fit the unique shape of your tooth. With lab-created crowns, your dentist will take precise measurements of your teeth and send those metrics off to a specialized laboratory. At the lab, technicians will design your individual crown to precisely fit your tooth and mouth.
While this is an effective way to get the treatment you need, the entire process can take a few weeks. If your damaged tooth is causing you pain, you might not want to wait that long.
Enter, same day crowns. Using cutting-edge technology available through the CEREC system, some dentists can design, create, and place a crown in your mouth in just one day.
When to Get One
Weighing your options between a same day crown and a lab-created one? If so, consider the placement of your tooth. Same day crowns work especially well if you only have one tooth that needs a crown, and it’s one of your posterior teeth.
On the other hand, more visible treatment areas often work best with lab-created porcelain crowns, as the lab’s precision can create an incredibly lifelike appearance.
Ultimately both models are strong, beautiful, and durable! Next, let’s take a look at 10 advantages of opting for a same day crown.
1. Quick Relief
With same day crowns, you can feel the beneficial effects of your crown almost immediately. You’ll be able to enjoy the functionality and aesthetics that it provides without any of the wait time. In fact, your crown will be milled and ready for placement in only an hour!
This comes as a relief to those who are considering a crown to help solve their dental pain. Your quality of life can improve more quickly when you don’t have to wait for your crown to come back from a lab.
2. Advanced Digital Models
At our office, we have access to sophisticated laser scans that can create a digital, 3D model of your teeth. By analyzing this model, your dentist can understand exactly where the crown will come into contact with your natural teeth.
This helps your dentist construct your crown so that it evenly distributes the pressure of your bite, ensuring that no part of your teeth or the dental crown itself will be put under too much pressure when you bite or chew.
3. Skip Temporary Crowns
While you’re waiting for your lab-created crown to come in, your dentist may provide you with a temporary model to offer short-term pain relief.
While a temporary crown can be helpful, it isn’t custom. This means it’s not designed to fit seamlessly within your mouth, nor will it function flawlessly. With a same day crown, you can skip this step and cut straight to your real, permanent dental crown.
4. High-Quality Materials
We use either Emax crowns or zirconia crowns for lab-created and same day treatments.
Emax crowns are durable, lifelike, and ideal if you need to restore your front teeth. Their slight translucency and lifelike appearance help them blend well with your surrounding teeth.
At the same time, zirconia crowns are also incredibly lifelike. These crowns are durable and stain-resistant and can be adjusted to match the color and gloss level of your natural teeth.
When you opt for same day crowns, you don’t have to limit your choices or scrimp on material quality. These crowns also consist of either Emax or zirconia, so you can rest assured you’re walking out the door with a great looking, durable crown.
5. Preserve Your Tooth
When you go in for a traditional crown, your dentist will need to shave down a portion of your tooth to make sure the crown will fit around it.
On the other hand, a crown fitted on the same day will not require drilling. This allows you to preserve more of your existing tooth and saves time in the dentist’s chair, too!
6. Precise Fit
With the 3D digital model of your teeth, your dentist can use an on-site milling machine to create a crown that fits you perfectly, even on the first try. Not only will it take into account the adjacent teeth, but your crown will also be custom-designed to match your bite pattern, as well as your specific tooth contours. This ensures a precise fit, every time.
7. No Manual Impressions
To make the manual impressions of your teeth required for lab-created crowns, your dentist will ask you to bite down on a special mold made with dental putty. While this process isn’t hard, it can feel a little uncomfortable. You have to hold the putty in place, and the taste isn’t exactly pleasant.
With same day crowns, your dental team doesn’t need to create a traditional mold. Instead, they can use digital mapping technologies to scan every single part of your teeth and gums.
8. Simpler Tooth Restorations
Have you been putting off dental treatments because you don’t want to sit through the process of a traditional crown? If you’ve grown accustomed to only eating on one side of your mouth, it’s time for a better solution.
Same day crowns can take the anxiety and guesswork out of the crown treatment process. If the idea of a drawn-out tooth repair doesn’t exactly sound appealing, you’ll appreciate the simplicity and convenience that these new crowns provide.
9. Durable and Long-Lasting
You might think that a same day crown would be weaker than one that takes weeks to create. On the contrary, same day crowns are equally as strong, beautiful, and durable as their traditional counterparts.
Designed to hold up to the same level of stress, a same day crown doesn’t sacrifice quality or longevity for convenience.
10. Created Around Your Schedule
We know our patients are busier than ever before. That’s why we offer same-day procedures that you can complete in a long lunch break.
If you’re used to keeping a full calendar, it can be difficult to commit to the multiple office visits that lab-created crowns require. With a same day crown, you’ll ensure minimal disruption to your daily schedule.
Learn more about our same day crown process.
You might be on the go, but you still deserve access to quality dental treatments you can trust. With a same day crown, you can restore the appearance of your smile, improve your bite functionality, and reclaim your quality of life.
To learn more about our process, including CEREC technology, we invite you to schedule an appointment with our office. Let’s take this next step together!