What To Expect at Your Same Day Crowns Appointment
Same day crowns are a quicker and easier way to get caps on your teeth. Crowns are versatile dental restorations that are used to treat a wide range of problems. Some of the more popular uses of crowns include:
- Protecting decayed teeth
- Reinforcing teeth that have been damaged by trauma
- Closing up spaces between teeth
- As anchors for dental bridges
- To cover up deformed or discolored teeth
Why an increasing number of people are choosing same day crowns
The conventional way of getting same day crowns involves at least two trips to the dentist. During the first visit, the patient's teeth are prepared for the prosthetic and an impression of their teeth is made. The impression is then sent to a lab that makes dental restorations. It typically takes a few weeks for the finished product to get back to the patient. The patient is often fitted with a temporary crown during the first visit. It is removed during the second visit when the customized crown is ready.
CEREC brings a different approach to making crowns. Instead of sending the patient's information to a lab, the restoration is made in the clinic. It creates the restoration using ceramic blocks that are fed to the machine. It is like a 3-D printer for dental restorations.
The process uses computer aided designing (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) to create durable oral prosthetics that are made to a high level of precision. The technology has been perfected for over 30 years, and it eliminates the need for temporary crowns and multiple visits, bringing down costs for the patient. The high level of detail that goes into making CEREC crowns allows the dentist to remove less enamel as they prepare the patient's tooth for the crown.
Here's what goes on during the appointment:
- The dentist evaluates the patient's problem and determines a crown is the right solution.
- The patient's teeth are prepared, and an intraoral camera is used to take 3-D images of the tooth. The camera is smaller than the tip of a pen.
- The dentist uses a computer to design a 3-D image of the crown using the images of the patient's teeth as a reference. The dentist accounts for all the pits, ridges and indentations on the patient's teeth during this process.
- Once the design is complete. The data is sent to a milling machine that carves out a replica out of a ceramic block. It takes a few minutes for the machine to create the crown, and the dentist attaches it to the patient's teeth.
The advantages of opting for CEREC crowns over conventional ones include:
- Saves time since it only requires a single visit
- Saves money. Less time traveling to the dentist and away from work leaves patients with more money in their pockets.
- Patient's get to skip having a messy impression of their mouth taken. This is especially good news for people with strong gag reflexes.
You can have a new crown in less than an hour
Visit our Glendale office and try out CEREC technology. We will have you fitted with a customized crown and back to your daily routine within an hour.
Request an appointment here: https://www.arrowheadranchdentistry.com or call Arrowhead Ranch Dentistry at (602) 500-4766 for an appointment in our Glendale office.
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