Getting a dental crown is known to be a hectic procedure that spans over a couple of weeks’ time. But, now the procedure has been made very simple and patient-friendly by means of a revolutionary technology called CEREC. Using this, dentists would be able to fabricate crowns in just a single day, thus saving you a lot of time and effort.
Drawbacks of conventional crowns
Conventional dental crowns have been around for a long time now. As useful and versatile as they are, the procedure to get a crown is quite troublesome. Here are some of its drawbacks:
- During the procedure, the dentist removes a large part of the enamel from around the tooth to accommodate the crown. This means a large part of the natural tooth tissues will be removed.
- Fabricating the crown would require the dentist to take a mold of the tooth. For this, you will have to bite into a gooey material so that the impression of your tooth would appear on it.
- You will need to visit the dentist multiple times to get a crown.
- While the permanent crown is being fabricated in a dental laboratory, the dentist will place a temporary crown on the tooth. This would usually be ill-fitting and fall off frequently.
What are same day crowns?
Same day crowns can be obtained in a single visit to the dentist’s clinic. This is possible using CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration using Esthetic Ceramic) technology. You can visit the dentist in the morning, get the tooth prepared, get the mold taken soon after, and relax in the comfort of the clinic while the restoration is being prepared. By evening, the dentist would bond the crown to your tooth and make sure your smile is restored to perfection.
What are the advantages of Same Day Crowns
- As the name suggests, same day crowns can be obtained in a single day without hassle. The ease of undergoing the procedure is incomparable.
- The imaging and scanning system used is minimally invasive, advanced, safe, and simple.
- The quality of the crown obtained through this process is of excellent quality. Moreover, the accuracy of the Computer-Aided Milling machine is phenomenal as it hardly requires any additional adjustments to be made.
- The amount of enamel that has to be removed from the tooth is minimal.
- Fabrication process
The dentist scans the teeth using a digital imaging system. The output from this would be sent to a computer, which relays it on to the screen. The dentist and patient can get a good idea of the oral condition through this. Further, the data will be sent to a CAM machine where the crown will be milled out of a solid block of ceramic. Once a few manual adjustments are made to the crown, it would be ready to be bonded. Dental adhesives will be used to bond it, after which the curing light is used to harden it.
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