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How Do Same Day Crowns Work?
Same day crowns are a much more convenient alternative to the traditional, two-visit process of restoring a tooth. A same day crown allows you to have your tooth repaired in one brief visit. This way, you can avoid the hassle of wearing a temporary crown between procedures.
Given the option, many people would choose same day crowns, if only to avoid enduring the sights and smells of the dentist office twice over. So how do they work?
The technology behind same day crowns
Same day crowns are made possible by Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacture (CAD/CAM) technology. It helps a dentist design and fabricate a dental crown as the patient waits in the office. With CAD/CAM technology, a patient will go home with a dental crown after going through the following steps:
1. The exam
A dentist will do a visual exam to get a sense of the damage to be repaired. They may also perform an x-ray to see if the tooth is affected in the area below the gum. If the tooth only has a tiny cavity, the dentist will opt to restore the tooth with a filling. If the tooth is badly damaged, the dentist will use a crown to restore the tooth.
2. Preparation of the tooth
First, the dentist will numb the patient's tooth. If the damaged tooth has an existing restoration, the dentist will remove it. They will proceed to clean the tooth so as to remove any infection and dead tissue. Next, the dentist will prepare the tooth for the dental crown. They will do this by removing a thin layer of enamel in order to make room for the crown.
3. Taking a digital image of the teeth
The dentist will use an oral camera to take pictures of the mouth and teeth, including the prepared tooth. These images will be fed into the CAD software in real time.
4. Designing the crown
The CAD software will use the photos to create a 3D model of the patient's mouth. Using this model, the dentist will design a crown that blends in with the rest of the teeth and fits perfectly onto the prepared tooth.
At this stage, the dentist will also choose the color of the crown. They will either choose a block of ceramic that matches the color or make a custom ceramic block with the exact color of the other teeth in the patient's mouth.
5. Fabricating the crown
The dentist's design will be sent to the CAM software that controls a dental milling machine. The machine is fitted with a set of burs that sculpt the block of high-quality ceramic into a dental crown of the shape and dimensions specified by the dentist's design.
6. Placing the crown
Finally, the dentist will smooth and polish the newly carved crown and place it on the patient's tooth. The crown is held in place by dental cement and the tooth's abraded surface.
Reasons to choose a same day crown
Many people prefer to spend as little time as possible at the dentist office. This is the primary draw of same day crowns. Other benefits of the crowns are:
- There is no need for a temporary crown and all its drawbacks
- Same day crowns are just as strong and durable as traditional crowns
- Thanks to digital imaging, a patient will not have to bite down on putty to create a model of their mouth
- Because CAD software helps to create precise crown designs, the dentist will only need to remove a small amount of enamel from the tooth
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