One way dentistry has improved in recent years is the introduction of same day crowns. These crowns have become increasingly popular among patients—and for good reason. Here are just a few of the reasons why CEREC same day crowns are quickly becoming so popular.
What’s different about same day crowns?
Other than the fact that you’ll have your new crown in one visit, the process leading up to the placement of your crown is a little different. When you’re fitted for a traditional crown, your dental team will a mold of your teeth. In contrast, the technology used to create CEREC same day crowns uses a laser scanner to create a 3D digital model of your teeth.
This cutting-edge technology also allows Dr. Alhadef to check how the crown will interact with the teeth next to it, examine your bite, and more. He is able to ensure that your crown maintains proper contact with the neighboring teeth without putting too much pressure on them. If he feels that something isn’t quite right, he can make adjustments to the crown, such as increasing or decreasing the thickness of the material in specific areas. It is also during this stage that Dr. Alhadef adjusts the color of your crown, ensuring that it will match your existing teeth.
Getting a crown means spending time with your dental team.
As the name implies, same day crowns are milled and placed in your mouth during a single visit. Dr. Alhadef takes a laser scan of your teeth, sets the specifications for your crown using the digital model, and presses a button that starts the milling process immediately—right in the office! The entire process takes about an hour. Once the crown is milled, it goes on like any other crown.
Traditional crowns take an average of two visits to place, although it can sometimes take longer depending on how many crowns are needed and if there are other dental needs to be addressed. The first visit is dedicated to prep work; a cast of your mouth is taken in order to make the crown, and your tooth is filed down. You’ll also receive a temporary crown to protect the filed-down tooth until the permanent one is milled. The second visit involves removing the temporary crown and placing the permanent one.
Both same day crowns and traditional crowns cost about the same. Usually, though, our patients receiving same day crowns only need one crown. For those getting traditional crowns, the price tag is more because more than one crown is needed.
Same day crowns are milled from the same porcelain materials as traditional crowns, making them just as durable. With proper care, traditional and same day crowns can each last up to fifteen years, perhaps a little longer, before they need to be replaced. This care looks the same for both types of crown: daily flossing, mouthwash, brushing your teeth twice a day, and visiting your dentist for a cleaning every six months. For many patients, this is simply the icing on the cake and the final reason that makes same day crowns worth it. Same day crowns don’t sacrifice quality for speed, efficiency, or comfort; they manage to achieve all of these things too.
With the help of technology, all kinds of industries are changing and improving for the better. Dentistry is just one of many medical fields that is benefitting from recent technological advances. CEREC same day crowns are just one of many innovations that are helping to make dental care more comfortable, accessible, and convenient for dentists and patients alike.