What would you do if you broke a tooth the day before your wedding or an important interview? Would your dentist be able to repair it in time? If she has the right technology, the answer is yes!
Gone are the days when patients have to visit the dentist multiple times to have a dental crown placed. It used to be common for patients to walk around for a week or two with an unattractive shaved-down tooth or an unreliable temporary crown. Thankfully, dentists can now use CAD/CAM technology to digitally design a custom dental crown in minutes. This procedure can be a lifesaver when you find yourself in a bind!
Not all dentists offer this treatment. Be sure to view a dentist’s “services” tab for same-day crowns or “technology” tab for CAD/CAM technology. To learn more about this restorative dentistry service, contact our office directly.
Continue reading this blog to learn the advantages and disadvantages of same-day dental crowns.
Benefits of Same-Day Crowns
Having your tooth treated and restored in one day is the obvious benefit to same-day dental crowns. Other advantages include:
A broken or damaged tooth affects your smile’s appearance, speech patterns, and eating habits. So, having your tooth restored as soon as possible is important! With same-day crowns, chewing and speaking functions are immediately restored so you don’t have to deal with a weak, unreliable temporary crown.
Again, avoiding a temporary crown is key. Temporary crowns are more susceptible to coming loose which can cause injury to your neighboring teeth or gums. Same-day crowns also require less drilling to preserve more of your natural tooth structure.
The precise CAD/CAM technology allows dentists to design a restoration that fits accurately and comfortably. Our dentist also takes digital impressions so your dental crown is even more exact and the entire process is much more enjoyable.
Although same-day crowns and traditional crowns alone cost about the same, patients save money because they don’t have to pay for an extra appointment or temporary crown.
Drawbacks of Same-Day Crowns
There are only two common complaints about same-day crowns:
Same-day crowns are crafted from a block of ceramic. Traditional crowns typically consist of metal, porcelain, ceramic, or a combination of those. Because metal bonds extremely well to teeth, metal crowns and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are known to be the strongest restoration materials.
However, a same-day crown can last as long as a traditional crown when it is properly cared for.
Unable to detect some fractures
If you have a tooth fracture that extends below the gum line, a traditional crown may be a better fit. The computer-aided technology may not detect issues or damage below the gum line.
Whether you need an immediate restoration because of time constraints, or you simply want to avoid multiple appointments and a temporary crown, same-day crowns are an effective, affordable restorative solution.
For patients who struggle with bruxism and jaw clenching, metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns may be suggested.
Discuss Same-Day Crowns with Your Dentist
If you’re unsure about which solution is best for your smile, schedule an initial consultation with a same-day crown dentist today. The dentist will evaluate your damaged tooth, discuss your oral health habits, and weigh the pros and cons with you.
She will help you make the best decision to restore your smile back to its full health, function, and beauty.
For gentle dental care in the Auburn, CA area, contact our office today at (530) 823-8771.