Posted December 8, 2014
One-day dental crowns are possible! Most patients wonder, though, whether having a crown made and fitted the same day will wear well and last as long as those made the traditional way, usually over a two- to three-week period.
According to the Wall Street Journal, digital technology allows dentists to make one-day crowns for patients, usually in less than two hours. They are considered as durable as regular ceramic crowns and usually cost the same as the traditional method.
WebMD reports that a dental crown is similar to a cap that is designed to cover the visible portion of the tooth and restore its size, shape and strength, while also enhancing the look of the tooth. Using dental cement, the crown is affixed to the tooth structure.
Your dentist may recommend a crown to:
- Protect a tooth that is cracked or weakened by decay
- Restore a tooth that has been worn down
- Support a tooth with a large dental filling, where a significant portion of the tooth enamel has been removed
- Hold a dental bridge or cover an implant
- Enhance the tooth cosmetically
Using computer-aided design and manufacturing, the dentist creates a three-dimensional picture of the tooth and surrounding teeth. The software provides design options which the dentist can adjust to provide the right fit. The approved design is sent to a milling machine and the crown is created from ceramic material. And the software can make the crown look similar in color to the patient’s other teeth. For crowns on front teeth, some patients may prefer traditional crowns if they want the ceramic color to be an exact match.
For patients who clench or grind their teeth, a stronger crown option, such as one made from a gold alloy, may wear longer and be a better choice.
Learn more about one-day crowns.