Nothing beats the convenience of getting a dental crown fitted, fabricated, and placed—all in the same appointment. But this also leaves people wondering if they are getting the same quality as a traditional crown with one that is created in just one dental appointment. It may come as a surprise to learn that convenience is really the only difference between the two types of crowns.
How Traditional Crowns Work
With a traditional dental crown, you made one appointment to see the dentist to get your tooth prepared to receive a crown. A mold is taken of the prepared tooth, then sent off to the lab where your crown would be made. In the meantime, you would be fitted with a temporary dental crown while you waited a couple weeks for your crown to be ready.
How Same-Day Crowns Work
With a same-day crown, your tooth is prepared, but instead of a goopy impression being taken, a sophisticated, state-of-the-art CAD/CAM machine precisely measures the tooth to be crowned. These measurements are sent to the fabrication machine so a custom crown can be carved from a block of ceramic. This material is the same quality and material of a traditional drown. Soon your new crown will be placed—all within just a couple of hours.
If you have more questions about same-day crowns, be sure to contact our Bangor, ME practice, Maine Family Dental.