Same day crowns are dental crowns that are created in your dentist’s office using the technology known as Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM). This technology allows dentists to create factory-quality dental crowns in their office in a matter of minutes, saving you time and an extra trip to get the crown installed.
What you should know about same day crowns
Dental crowns are used by dentists to cover a damaged or decayed tooth and protect it from further damage and infection. In the past dentists had to send an impression of your tooth to a dental laboratory to get the crown made, which meant you had to wait for a couple of weeks before you can get the new crown fitted over your damaged tooth. Thanks to technological advances, you can get the procedure done in one visit.
How long does the procedure take?
The process of getting same day crowns is the same as getting laboratory-grade crowns without the wait.
- During your visit to the dentist, your dentist will take an X-ray of your mouth to see if the decay to the tooth has spread to other teeth. When the dentist is done with the X-ray, they will remove the decayed part of the tooth and clean it out to get rid of any remaining decay.
- Instead of having to make an impression of your tooth with a putty-like material and send it to a laboratory to get the crown made, your dentist will either digitally scan your tooth or dust it with powder before doing a digital scan of your mouth.
- Within a few minutes, the computer will render a 3D model of your mouth and use the CAD/CAM software to design your crown. The software can also be used to create a perfect replica of the tooth on the other side of your mouth to give you the most natural looking crown.
- Once the software is done designing your crown, your dentist will choose a block of dental ceramic that closely matches the color of your natural teeth, then transmit the design to a machine that creates the crown from the design in less than five minutes.
- When the crown has been made and your dentist has verified that it fits perfectly, they will make their final enhancement to the crown’s surface before it is bonded to your tooth, completing the process. If you were getting your crown from a laboratory, you would have to wait over a week before it is ready to be fitted in your mouth and have to use a temporary crown while you wait.
How do I take care of my crown?
Since your crown is bonded on your teeth, you have to clean it like you clean your natural teeth, which means brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing regularly. You should also make sure you schedule regular appointments with your dentist.
Same day crowns have become very popular with dentists and their patients because not having to wait for over a week or make multiple trips to the dentist makes the process of getting dental crowns much easier. If you need to get a dental crown, make sure your dentist has a same-day crown machine so you can get it done in one visit.
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