Understanding Same-Day Crowns

A dental problem can cause a great deal of discomfort. As a result, many people would like to have their dental issues resolved as quickly as possible. Still, in the past, many dentists had to perform a large number of restorative dental services over the course of several days.

Nowadays, that is not always the case. Modern technologies have allowed dentists to complete some restorations, such as same-day crowns, in a single visit.

Here is a bit of information about same-day crowns to help you better understand them.

What Are Same-Day Crowns?

Same-day dental crowns are crowns that a dentist can create and apply in a single day. The devices, like traditional crowns, are created based on the contours and dimensions of the patient's mouth. However, with traditional crowns, a mold is created by having the patient bite down on a malleable substance that hardens to capture the impression of the oral cavity. The mold is sent to a dental laboratory, where it used as a guide during the fabrication of the dental crown.

After the crown is created, it is sent back to the dental office for placement on the patient's tooth. Several weeks may transpire between the creation of the mold and the preparation of the crown. Thus, the patient must return for a second visit to have the permanent crown placed. During the first visit, the patient's tooth may be prepared for the crown, and a temporary crown may be applied to protect the tooth until the permanent crown is ready. 

With a same-day crown, digital images of the patient's mouth are used to create the crown. In addition, instead of the crown being created in a dental laboratory, the device is prepared in-office using a computer aid designing (CAD) and computer aid manufacturing (CAM) machine. The CAD/CAM machines use digital imagery to create a three-dimensional crown in about an hour.

What Are Same-Day Crowns Made Of?

Traditional crowns are available in a wide variety of materials, such as metal, porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and resin. However, patients often prefer tooth-colored materials, such as porcelain or resin.

Same-day crowns are typically made of dental ceramic material. The material is tooth-colored and has a translucent sheen that mimics the look of tooth enamel. Therefore, a restoration with a same-day crown is difficult to discern in the mouth.

To learn more about your same-day dental care options, visit a dentist in your local area.