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What is Same Day Dental Crowns

Put simply, a dental crown is a ‘cap’ that is cemented in place over your existing tooth for any number of reasons. You may need a dental crown to protect a tooth that has been weakened by decay, to keep a weak tooth from breaking, to hold a cracked tooth together, to restore a tooth that’s already broken or worn down, to cover a large filling if there isn’t much tooth left, to cover dental implants or bridges, or for simple cosmetic reasons. No matter why you require a crown, the procedure usually requires two visits to complete the entire process.

One the first visit the dentist takes x-rays of the tooth that will be receiving the crown as well as those surrounding it to check your roots and the surrounding bone structure. If any issues with the tooth are discovered, such as excessive decay or risk of injury to the pulp of the tooth, a root canal or other dental procedure is performed. After any problems are fixed, the dentist will then numb the tooth and surrounding gum area, then they will file down the tooth to prepare it for the crown. If a large area of the tooth is missing, the dentist will build the area up with filling material to ensure that it can support the crown. They will then use dental putty or paste to make an impression of the tooth that will receive the crown as well as impressions of the teeth above or below to ensure that you will have the proper ‘bite’. This mold is sent to a lab where your crown is created, and generally takes two to three weeks to complete. In the meantime, the dentist will fit you with a temporary crown that they have prepared in the office until your permanent one comes in. After it does it is checked to make sure that it will fit correctly and installed.

This long process can sometimes be agonizing for patients. The temporary crown can become dislodged or there can still be pain caused by issues with the tooth. This can all be avoided with the use of a same day crown. It is exactly what it sounds like. It removes the wait time and problems that patients may experience with a temporary crown because the permanent crown is created right there in the dentist’s office while you wait. This process is the same as if you were getting a traditional crown, but there is only an additional hour wait time while your permanent crown is created with a process called CAD/CAM, which is computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing in layman’s terms. This is the perfect solution for those that are short on time.

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