A same-day crown is a crown that is fabricated and placed on the same day. The crown is completed during one appointment at Dieterlen Dental, so you won’t have to schedule another visit. This crown is made by a dentist using CEREC technology.
Traditional Crowns vs. Same-Day Crowns
Traditional crowns usually take two appointments, often two weeks apart. During the first appointment, the dentist will prepare your tooth and then take an impression, which will go to a lab and be used to custom-make your crown. You’ll then return two weeks later to have the fabricated crown placed.
Same-day crowns, on the other hand, are made in the dental office and do not require any lab work or a second appointment. Instead, your dentist will prepare your tooth and use CEREC® technology to create your custom crown.
Same-Day Dental Crown Materials
Many patients choose the same-day crown because it is more convenient than a traditional crown. However, this type of crown does not offer the same benefits as a traditional crown.
While a same-day crown is fabricated from a block of ceramic or composite resin, traditional crowns can be made from a variety of materials from the same ceramic or composite resin to porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, to pure metal. Thus, traditional crowns that are made of metal or porcelain fused to metal can potentially be stronger and more durable than same-day crowns. On the other hand, metal crowns are not attractive, and they often stand out against natural teeth unlike ceramic, composite resin, or porcelain crowns.
The Advantages of Same-Day Crowns
Same-day crowns are a convenient solution for many patients because they allow you to receive your tooth restoration in a single visit. Your dentist will first prepare your tooth, then take digital images of your tooth and its surrounding structures. The images are fed into the CEREC computer system in the dentist’s office where the needed crown will be digitally designed and fabricated through its companion mill. When your crown is ready, your dentist will cement the crown to your tooth and make the proper adjustments.
Same-day crowns are a good choice for patients who have experienced dental emergencies or patients who have had a tooth break and need to have it repaired. Same-day crowns are also a cosmetic solution that can improve the appearance of your smile.
How Long Do Same-Day Crowns Last?
While same-day crowns offer many benefits for patients, these restorations aren’t perfect. They aren’t meant to last a lifetime but can last between five and 15 years. How long a restoration lasts depends on how well it is cared for. Patients are encouraged to practice good oral hygiene, including brushing twice a day and flossing daily. It is important to visit the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings to ensure the longevity of a same-day crown.
Is a Same-Day Dental Crown Right for Me?
Same-day crowns are designed and fabricated in our office. We customize them to fit you perfectly and match the rest of your teeth. If you have had teeth that have suffered damage, decay, or been broken, and you want immediate restoration, same-day crowns are a great option. They are made in our office and do not require any lab work.
To learn more about how same-day crowns might be an excellent choice for those with busy lifestyles or schedules, contact Dieterlen Dental at 3015 E. 91st Street, Tulsa, OK 74137, or call (918) 299-2400.