Benefits of Same-Day Dental Crowns: Saving Time and Smiles

Woman smiling in the dentist chair, knowing she’ll receive a crown the same day she arrives

Remember the days when you came in for a crown, needed to have a temporary one placed, and had to return in two weeks when the restoration was back from the lab?

Rejoice! Long gone are those days.

With same-day dental crownsThis link leads to Same-Day Dentistry page, a practitioner from Croasdaile Dental Arts will have you leaving with a repaired tooth the same day you arrive. No need for a return visit!

So how does it work? And why should you choose it? We have the answers!

Reasons for crowns

Dr. William TurnerThis link leads to Dr. Turner’s page, Dr. James ButlerThis link leads to Dr. Butler’s page, and Dr. Eric ColeThis link leads to Dr. Cole’s page may recommend a crown if you have a severely decayed or damaged tooth with little to no natural tooth remaining.

After a root canalThis link leads to Root canals page, a dentist from our practice might suggest a crown to protect the vulnerable tooth.

Other possible reasons to receive a crown include the following:

  • Dental implant restoration
  • Cavity not able to be filled with a standard filling
  • Dental bridge that needs the support of one or more dental crowns
  • Tooth with an odd shape or size
  • Tooth at risk of cracking, breaking, or decaying
  • Tooth with severe discoloration

How much time will it take to get a crown?

The main steps—minus sending the crown to the lab—are the same for a standard and same-day crown.

Preparing your tooth

After a consultation, which allows one of our dentists to determine if a crown is the ideal course of action, we’ll prepare you for the procedure.

When you opt for same-day dental crowns, this step occurs the first day you arrive at our office.

Though it depends on the severity of decay or damage, the average time for preparing the tooth is an hour.

During this stage, you’ll receive a local anesthetic to numb the area. However, we’d like to note that if you have dental fear or anxiety, we offer sedation dentistryThis link leads to Sedation dentistry page.

The next step is to remove any decay and reshape the tooth, allowing the crown to fit comfortably and snugly over the area.

This step may take a little longer if you require threaded pins to provide additional support.

You’ll receive imaging no matter what type of crown you receive.

Our dentist will take an impression of your tooth and send it to the lab when you opt for a traditional crown.

Traditional crowns vs. same-day crowns

Dental assistant creating a same-day crown using CEREC

We have the equipment to create the restoration during the visit when we prepare your tooth with same-day crowns, also known as Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC).

Typically, it takes between four and twenty minutes for the CEREC machine to generate your crown.

Once complete, you receive a crown that looks the same as a traditional one.

On the other hand, if you have a traditional crown, our dentist will send the impressions and mold to the lab to create it.

Generally, this process takes one to two weeks before you return for crown placement.

For this option, we’ll usually place a temporary crown over the affected tooth to protect it until your permanent crown is ready.

Installing the permanent crown

No matter whether you have a CEREC crown or a standard one, the process occurs under a local anesthetic unless you opt for sedation dentistry.

During this time, our dentist will make any necessary adjustments to ensure the crown fits correctly to protect any remaining tooth and assure your comfort.

Usually, this process takes 20 to 30 minutes, though it can take less time if you don’t require much of an adjustment.

So, how long in total?

Typically, when you receive a dental crown, you can expect to spend between two and three hours in our dental chair for either type, though you’ll only need one visit with CEREC.

That means when you opt for a same-day crown, you’ll reduce your driving and waiting time and avoid the hassle of a temporary restoration.

If you’d like to see if the option of same-day dental crowns is right for you, contact Croasdaile Dental Arts today.

Getting a crown has never been simpler or faster with CEREC!

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