Oh no, the unthinkable happened! You broke a tooth! Now what?
When you break a tooth, regardless whether it is a front tooth or a back tooth, you want it to be fixed quickly. A dental crown helps restore the broken tooth and gives you a complete smile once more.
Before you actually need a crown, we wanted to take the time to let you know your options, the differences, and the expected time frame in the event of a chipped or broken tooth. Here, we will answer the following questions:
What is a dental crown?
Can you get a dental crown the same day?
Are same-day crowns better than traditional crowns?
How long do same-day crowns last?
How much do same-day crowns cost?
Read on for the answers to these questions and more about same-day dental crowns.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a cap or cover that restores and protects a tooth. It may be used to restore a tooth that is broken, chipped, or badly decayed. A crown may also restore a tooth after a root canal or cover a dental implant.
Types of Crowns
The purpose of all crowns is the same – to protect and strengthen the tooth. The materials used, how the crown is made, and the time it takes to prepare and place the crown differ depending on the type of crown used.
Traditional crowns are created using impressions of the patient’s teeth. The impressions, along with the dentist’s notes, are sent to an off-site laboratory where the crown is fabricated. The finished permanent crown is returned to your dentist’s office to be cemented into place.
In some situations, a temporary crown may be placed if a permanent crown is not ready. Permanent crowns may be stainless steel, gold, porcelain fused to metal, resin, or ceramic.
Can You Get a Dental Crown the Same Day?
Yes, thanks to technological advances, you can get a crown in a single appointment!
This means no waiting, no temporary crown, and no extended period of living with a broken or damaged tooth.
CEREC, which is short for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, is a method of using in-office CAD/CAM technology and a milling machine to create crowns in the office. Your dentist can use digital images of your tooth and mouth and computer-aided design to fabricate a crown. The same-day crown is designed, created, and placed in just one dental visit.
Are Same-Day Crowns Better Than Traditional Crowns?
Regardless whether CEREC same-day crowns or traditional crowns are used, the cap protects the tooth and restores the smile. These dental restorations help maintain the health of your teeth and mouth.
However, in the interest of preserving the tooth’s integrity, the CEREC technology allows your dentist to have more control over the process. We can preserve more of the natural tooth because same-day crowns require less drilling. The same-day crown your dentist creates efficiently and effectively restores your tooth.
Are Same-Day Crowns Any Good?
Same-day crowns are created using a strong, durable ceramic. The design is created and installed using computer-assisted technology. Patients do not sacrifice quality by getting a chairside crown. The same sturdy crown is simply available in less time.
How Much Do Same-Day Crowns Cost?
With same-day crowns, everything your dentist needs is right in the office. This means there is no need to use an off-site laboratory. Patients do not have to worry about the added laboratory fees. Additionally, since the crown is completed in one day, patients do not have to schedule extra appointments or time off work which saves time and money.
How Long Do Same-Day Crowns Last?
CEREC crowns are made of durable ceramic. They are resistant to chipping and can withstand the normal pressures and functions of a natural tooth. The result is a long-lasting, strong dental restoration. Most same-day crowns last 10-15 years.
What Are the Benefits of Same-Day Crowns?
Same-day dental crowns offer patients a number of benefits over traditional crowns. Advantages of same-day crowns include the following:
- One dental visit – The entire crown process is started and completed in a single appointment. Patients save time and money with just one trip to the dentist. The crown is created and bonded during the same visit.
- Comfortable – Avoid the goopy, gooey manual impressions that can leave a bad taste in your mouth. Digital impressions are easy and comfortable.
- Natural appearance – The advanced CAD technology produces a pleasing dental crown. Your dentist can adjust the design so it matches your natural teeth in size, shape, and color.
- Functional – CEREC crowns are made from a single block of ceramic. The ceramic material resembles the tooth’s enamel and is durable. The restoration is sturdy, less likely chip, and blends smoothly with your natural tooth.
- Cost-effective – Patients save on laboratory fees since the crown is created in the dentist’s office rather than off-site.
- Safe – Same-day CEREC crowns are metal-free.
- Conservative – In some cases, more of the natural tooth can be preserved since less drilling is needed to prepare the tooth.
Get Same-Day Crowns at Dental Bliss Hermitage
At Dental Bliss Hermitage, we proudly offer same-day crowns in Hermitage, TN. Repair and restore your damaged tooth in one convenient, cost-effective appointment! With same-day crowns, there is no need to sacrifice quality. Get the same durable restoration in less time.