Same-day crowns are the ideal solution for busy people. Southgate, MI, dentist Dr. Jason Cohen answers a few commonly asked questions about the crowns?
What are same-day crowns?
Same-day crowns look just like the porcelain crowns made in dental laboratories. They're hollow, tooth-shaped restorations designed to encase a fragile, damaged or flawed tooth. The porcelain crown process requires two appointments, but you'll only need to visit the dentist once if you choose a same-day crown. In fact, your crown will be made while you wait.
How can crowns be made so quickly?
Creating a porcelain crown in a dental lab is a time-intensive process. In most cases, patients have to wait about two weeks to receive their completed crown. Same-day crowns are created during your first and only visit using a milling machine located in our Southgate, MI, office. The machine fashions your crown from a block of ceramic or resin using detailed instructions from the CAD/CAM software.
What are the benefits of same-day crowns?
Same-day crowns offer a more convenient option for many people because they can be fitted in just one visit. Although crowns usually offer an excellent fit, problems do occur occasionally. If you choose a porcelain crown, you'll have to wait an additional two weeks to receive another crown if there's a problem. Should any issues occur with your same-day crown, a new restoration can be created during your visit.
Many patients find the same-day crown procedure more comfortable. Thanks to digital imaging capabilities, messy putty is no longer part of the impression process. Instead, a special camera will be used to create a digital impression of your mouth. Once your dentist makes a few tweaks to the design on the computer, the impression will be sent to the milling machine.
Same-day crowns eliminate the need for temporary crowns. These temporary restorations cover teeth after they've been reduced in size in preparation for a crown, but are somewhat fragile. When you have a temporary crown, you must avoid eating hard, tough or sticky foods that can break or loosen the crown. Luckily, you'll never have to change your eating habits when you choose a same-day crown. As soon as the crown is attached, you can resume eating your favorite foods.
Are you interested in learning if a same-day crown is right for you? Call Southgate, MI, dentist Dr. Jason Cohen at (734) 283-1263 to schedule your appointment.