What Are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped appliance that covers the visible portion of a severely damaged or decayed tooth. A crown helps restore both the function and appearance of a tooth, improving its size, shape, and strength. Most crowns these days are made from porcelain or zirconia due to superior esthetics and durability.
Reasons you may need a dental crown include:
Up until fairly recently, the crown procedure had to be broken down into two appointments: one to prepare the tooth and one to place the crown. A tooth must be completely reshaped to accommodate the shape and size of a dental crown. Thanks to modern technology, we now can reshape a tooth, fabricate the appliance, and place the crown within a single appointment.
Same-Day Crown Technology
Same-day dental crowns are possible thanks to computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM). CAD/CAM software, combined with a chairside milling unit, allows us to design and create your final crown using 3-D imaging and digital impressions. This eliminates the need for goopy, uncomfortable impression materials, and the multi-week fabrication process.
During your appointment, Enrique Darancou, DDS will reshape the tooth by removing the outer layer of enamel. Next, we use 3-D imaging technology to capture a digital impression of your tooth. We then design your restoration using this digital representation, all while you watch in real-time!
Once we are satisfied with the design, this information is wirelessly transferred to our milling unit. Then, we place a single block of ceramic (usual porcelain) into the milling unit, which will shape the block to the dimensions of your crown. After the crown is complete, we will permanently bond the appliance to your tooth using special dental cement.
Benefits of Same-Day Crowns
There are several benefits to same-day dental crowns, some of which include:
Schedule a Consultation
If you have a problematic tooth, a same-day dental crown may be the ideal solution. Call (915) 444-2660 to schedule your consultation today!