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If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, an old crown or filling that is failing and needs to be replaced, 1-day crown may be right for you. During this we can design, manufacture, and deliver all-ceramic tooth restorations in a single dental visit, otherwise known as a same day dental crown.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering or “cap” that is put over a damaged or missing tooth to restore it to full function, appearance, and size and also to provide protection. Typically, these crowns are made of ceramic, metal only, porcelain and metal, porcelain only, or resin.
What is 1-Day Crown?
So, how is it done? Here are the following steps you will likely go through to get this permanent dental crown:
- Your dentist will ready your tooth for the crown. A certain amount of enamel and decayed tissue must be removed from the tooth for the crown to be put on. The dentist will then inject a local anesthetic so that you will be comfortable and hopefully feel little to no pain during the procedure.
- Scan images of the tooth. You no longer have to worry about getting those gooey, resin dental impressions because it is done through digital impressions.
- The machine will do the work. With the new technology we can create your dental crown right there in the office, usually in 20 minutes or less.
Benefits of Single Day Crowns
1. Time and convenience
A traditional procedure requires two appointments and a few weeks of waiting. The first appointment involves a consultation during which the dentist will get an impression of your tooth. professionals at a dental lab will use this impression to create a crown that resembles the structure of your natural tooth.
The process can take several days. However, a same-day crown uses CAM/CAD technology to fabricate a crown in the dentist’s office. Therefore, you do not have to wait to get your new teeth.
Same-day crowns consist of ceramic. However, traditional crowns can consist of several materials, including ceramic, porcelain, metal, and porcelain-fused-to-metal. Dental crowns that contain metal are very durable, as metal fuses very well to dentin.
While professionals in a lab construct the traditional crowns, the end product can be stronger than same-day crowns. Furthermore, materials such as leucite-reinforced ceramic or porcelain-fused-to-metal can only be used to fabricate traditional crowns, making them stronger and more durable.
Unfortunately, these materials are not as aesthetically pleasing as ceramic. Therefore, they are not ideal for a dental crown on your front teeth.
4. Temporary Crowns
When a patient chooses traditional crowns, the dentist will give them temporary crowns while they wait for the lab to fabricate their permanent dental caps. Same-day crowns, on the other hand, has eliminated the need for temporary crowns as you can get permanent crowns in a single appointment.
5. Attention to detail
Same-day crowns are very aesthetically pleasing and natural-looking. However, if you want a front tooth that perfectly matches the next tooth, a traditional crown made from ceramic or porcelain may be ideal. This is because the traditional crown is fabricated by hand by an expert in a lab who applies more nuanced details to get a better match.
Pros and Cons of 1-Day Crowns
There are benefits and drawbacks to any procedure, and same-day crown is no different. It just depends on what you are looking for.
- The result is immediate, and it saves you a lot of time. With temporary dental crowns, you might have to wait days to weeks and visit your dentist multiple times before it is completed. Also, you would be advised not to eat a certain diet so that the crown doesn’t crack or break. However, this procedure can be done in one day, and then you can get back to your life right away.
- It will likely save you money. As previously mentioned, if you get a temporary crown then you will likely need multiple office visits over multiple weeks. What if you could do it all in one visit and only pay for one visit.
- It can help prevent further decay, injury, or damage. Sometimes temporary crowns do not fit properly, because they are not a long-term solution. Additionally, they can sometimes come loose, and your dentist will also have to take more of your tooth than they would with a 1-day crown.
- 1-day crowns help reduce the risk of having further work done on the same tooth. Traditional crowns can break and come off your tooth more easily because, again, it is not a perfect fit. If it did break, you would likely have to return to your dental office to have another one put on.
- 1-day crowns can be slightly less durable than traditional crowns. 1-day crowns are crafted from a ceramic block, whereas traditional crowns can be made from a variety of materials (as listed above). Sometimes metal adheres better to a tooth. While the durability is not largely significant, it is helpful to be aware when making your decision.
- The imaging cannot detect everything. Whether it is a fracture, crack or whatever the damage is, if it is below your gumline then the imaging will not be able to detect it. If this is the case, your dentist will be able to discuss your options with you in further detail.
- With 1-day crowns there is less detail than a traditional crown. While you are getting a near-perfect digital impression of your tooth, the machine is not able to provide the intricate detail that an external lab would of making the crown look just like your other teeth. Someone would have to be very close to you to tell, and only then if it was one of your teeth in the front of your mouth.
- It could be costly. One of the advantages is that it could cost less because you would be going to your dental office in fewer visits and not paying for a temporary crown, but you still have to pay for using this technology and that could get expensive.