Dental crowns are restorations that are used to cover a decayed tooth. A dental crown can cover a tooth with a root canal, restore a broken or worn down tooth, and cover a tooth that is discolored or otherwise damaged tooth.
In the past, crowns were crafted in laboratories and then sent to a dentist’s office to be cemented into place on the patient’s teeth. This created a long gap between when the crown was made and when it was cemented into the mouth. However, that is just what modern dentistry has to offer today. With CEREC® technology at N STREET DENTAL, patients can have their dental crowns placed the same day their restoration is made. This means that the tooth is prepared, scanned, and the restoration is milled out of a solid piece of porcelain right in the office. Then, the restoration is placed onto the prepared tooth, polished, and you leave with your restored smile!
The Same-Day Crowns Procedure
A same-day crown is custom-made for you during your appointment at your dentist’s office. First, your tooth is prepared and shaped so the crown can fit over it like a cap. Then, a digital scanner takes 3D images of your teeth that your dentist will use to create your restoration. Finally, your personalized restoration is designed and made right in the office while you wait. Once your crown is ready, it is placed in your mouth, and you’re ready to go.
The Benefits of Same-Day Crowns
Same-day crowns are convenient for patients who want to restore their smile quickly. Same-day crowns are made of high-quality ceramic, the same material used in traditional dental crowns. The teeth are numbed before impressions are taken so patients don’t feel discomfort during the procedure. Then, the same-day crowns are sent to a special lab where the crown is milled using CAD/CAM technology. The process takes about one hour and will give the patient a fully restored smile in just one day!
One of the main benefits of same-day dental crowns is that patients can receive a permanent restoration without waiting several weeks for their appointment or returning for a second visit. Same-day crowns also eliminate the need for temporary fillings placed in the space between the teeth where the tooth has been prepped for a crown. Temporary fillings tend to fall out or become dislodged while eating, which can result in additional pain for the patient. With same-day crowns, all those issues can be eliminated, giving patients a better overall experience.
Same-day dental crowns are just one of the many technological advances we utilize to offer our patients more comfortable and convenient care. To learn more about same-day dental crowns, visit N STREET DENTAL at 125 East N Street, Benicia, CA 94510, or call (707) 745-0636.