If you do not want to schedule two visits to the dentist, consider getting same-day dental crowns. The dentist will prepare your tooth and place the crown in a single visit. This is a departure from the past when the dentist prepared the tooth during the first visit and placed the crown during the second. Learn more about the procedure for getting same-day dental crowns.
Process for same-day dental crowns
Dentists use Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC) to place crowns in a single visit. This technology allows dentists to bypass the dental laboratory when fabricating crowns. The crowns are fabricated in the office while the patient waits. Dentists follow a set of steps for same-day crowns. The entire process takes approximately two hours.
Preparing the tooth
The dentist begins by preparing the tooth for the restoration. The dentist removes the damaged area of the tooth and then files down some of the healthy tooth structure to make room for the crown. Dentists do not have to remove as much of the tooth for same-day dental crowns. If the patient does not have enough healthy tooth structure in place, the dentist will use a filling material to build it up. The tooth or filling material is shaped, so the crown can fit around it.
The dentist takes an impression of the tooth after preparing it. With a standard dental crown, the patients must hold a tray in the mouth to get the impression. This gel used for impressions causes some people to gag, making the process uncomfortable. For CEREC crowns, the dentist uses cameras to take a digital model of the tooth. The model is sent to a computer for review. While reviewing the model, the dentist selects a color for the restoration.
The milling and placement process
The dentist sends the 3D model to an in-office milling machine. The machine creates the crown in approximately 15 minutes. The machine fabricates the crown using a ceramic block that matches the natural teeth. The fabrication is based on the 3D images of the prepared tooth.
Placing the crown
Once the crown is ready, the dentist places it on the tooth. The dentist checks the fit of the restoration and makes adjustments if needed. Then, the restoration is polished and the dentist bonds it to the tooth. After the bonding, the patient is free to leave. A follow-up visit is usually not necessary with a same-day crown restoration. Patients should contact the dentist if they experience any issues, though.
Getting same-day dental crowns
If you need a crown, consider getting the entire process done in a single visit. Your dentist will prepare your tooth, use computer technology to take an impression and send it to the milling machine. Your crown will be ready in minutes. After checking the fit, your dentist will bond it in place and you can go home with your newly restored smile.
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