Dental crowns, which are also known as caps, are fixed prosthetic devices that are placed over a tooth to restore its function and appearance. A crown might be needed if a patient has tooth decay, a broken tooth, a cracked tooth, or a worn tooth. Crowns are also needed after a root canal procedure.
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When it comes to restoring your smile, you have several options for what kind of crown you get. Traditionally, a crown is fabricated in a dental lab and can take weeks to prepare. This means that if you need one, you’ll need to schedule a separate appointment with your dentist to place your temporary restoration while you wait for your permanent crown. But thanks to advancements in technology, you can get your dental crown in just one visit from your cosmetic dentist. It’s called the CEREC process because CAD/CAM stands for computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing. With this system, your tooth is prepared digitally so there’s no need for messy impression material or uncomfortable molds. Then, it’s designed virtually and placed right at your chairside. Your dentist then finishes the crown to fit your tooth perfectly. The whole process takes just a couple of hours from start to finish! And there’s no need for a temporary restoration that could easily get dislodged or cause sensitivity in the meantime. Plus, the procedure is completely comfortable. In fact, most patients don’t even need anesthetic when getting their new tooth. It’s a more convenient way to get a new smile, especially when you’re juggling a busy lifestyle.
A same-day crown is a permanent, restorative cap that is placed over a tooth that is either decayed, broken or weakened beyond repair. The same-day crown is a fast and cost-effective option to restore your smile back to good health and function. A traditional dental crown requires two appointments in which your first appointment will consist of prepping your tooth, taking an impression of your teeth, and fitting a temporary crown. Your second appointment will be where your new crown will be placed, cemented into place, and polished for a natural look. In contrast, the “same day” crown only requires one visit with the dentist to place the crown and permanently cement it in place.
Same-day crowns allow patients to receive a permanent solution without having to wait for an extended period of time for a crown to be placed on their teeth. In addition, patients who are concerned with the appearance of their smile will love the idea of having their temporary crown replaced with a permanent, natural-looking restoration. It is important to keep in mind that same-day crowns are not right for every situation, so it is best to consult with your dentist to determine whether or not this type of restoration is right for you.
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