Are Same-Day Crowns Better?
This question is subjective since so many variables need to be considered based on the uniqueness of the dentist performing the crown and the patient receiving the crown. Every dental procedure has advantages and disadvantages, including dental crown treatment. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of a same-day crown and drawbacks of a same-day crown so you can make the best choice for your smile! If you have any immediate questions about crowns available from Smiles of Canada, please give us a call to schedule a consultation. But before we get started on the drawbacks and benefits, let’s take a closer look at the procedure itself.
A Brief Overview of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are commonly performed as general and cosmetic dentistry procedures. They can be used to strengthen a tooth that has become too damaged by decay to be repaired with a dental filling. This procedure is an excellent alternative to tooth extraction and tooth replacement for several reasons. First, it is always preferred that patients keep their natural teeth rather than replace them. And second, the procedure for a dental crown is quicker and less invasive than tooth removal.
Dental crowns can also be used in cosmetic dentistry to cover a tooth that is cracked, discolored, or otherwise flawed. And since there have been so many advancements made in modern dentistry, including the materials and technology used by our dentists, your dental crown will look and perform just like a natural tooth.
Also, if you are a patient that suffers from tooth grinding or other enamel erosion, a dental crown is a great treatment to protect your teeth from further damage. We often see patients who complain of sensitive teeth, sometimes caused by misuse of over-the-counter whitening products, and a dental crown is an ideal solution to eliminate tooth sensitivity.
Dental crown procedures typically require two appointments. The first appointment is when your dentist will take images of the tooth receiving the crown to ensure it is in good health. Your dentist will also make an impression of the tooth receiving the crown to ensure a natural appearance to your surrounding teeth. Nest, your dentist will prepare the tooth to receive the crown and place a temporary crown over the tooth while your permanent crown is being manufactured (the timing of this process varies by dental practice).
In essence, the temporary crown functions a little like a same-day crown since you leave the Gander family dental clinic with a restored tooth in place. You’ll receive your permanent crown during your second procedure. It will be strong, durable, and look and perform like a natural tooth.
There are many other reasons dentists use dental crowns in general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry. The main takeaway about the procedure is that it is one of the quickest treatments available to restore the health and beauty of smiles in patients of all ages.
Benefits Of a Same-Day Crown
One of the primary benefits of a same-day crown is that you won’t have to visit your dentist for a second appointment. Also, since temporary crowns are sometimes prone to falling off while patients await their permanent crown, there’s no risk of inconvenience or embarrassment while waiting for the permanent crown to be manufactured.
Even if the tooth receiving the crown is in an area of your mouth that can’t be seen when you lose your temporary crown, ensuring that it gets replaced is imperative to prevent damage. Your receiving tooth has already been prepared to accommodate the crown that is being manufactured. When left uncovered, patients run a risk of breakage, which would then affect the placement of the permanent crown.
Drawbacks Of a Same-Day Crown
Two drawbacks of a same-day crown are that they are less durable than traditional crowns and that they can make it more difficult for a dentist to detect future fractures on the tooth receiving the crown. Between the concern about durability and future dental concerns, many patients opt for traditional crowns that provide a temporary crown between appointments – the best of both worlds!
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