Learn more about same day crowns and if they are right for your smile.
If you have an infection or if trauma has damaged your tooth, then your Lexington family dentist has most likely recommended a root canal. If the trauma or damage is extensive enough then a dental crown will need to go over your tooth for additional protection. In the past, getting a dental crown meant a couple visits to the dentist before your smile was complete; however, with technological advancements we are now happy to offer dental crowns in only one visit.
What are same-day crowns?
Also known as CEREC crowns, same-day crowns are fabricated using revolutionary CAD/CAM technology, which can design and create an artificial tooth in only one dental visit.
How do same-day crowns work?
In the past, dental crowns were designed from impressions taken of your smile. With CAD/CAM technology we no longer have to fool with messy molds to get the measurements and precise shape of your tooth. Using a small, handheld camera we are able to capture 3D images of your tooth or teeth and immediately upload them to our computer.
We use CAD software to design the shape and color of the tooth, to make sure we create a crown that matches the rest of your smile. This technology creates a crown that fits more precisely, and looks more like a real tooth.
Once we have finished designing your crown, we will turn to the CAM technology to actually create the crown while you wait, after which we will fit you with it. The entire process takes only an hour.
Are same-day crowns a good option for my smile?
If you have a damaged tooth that can’t be treated with a simple filling, then a same-day crown might be ideal for you. However, if you have a crack in your tooth that goes past the gum line, same-day crowns won’t be the best course of action.
If you are interested in getting same day crowns or finding out more about this treatment, then contact your Lexington family dentist at TLC Dentistry today to schedule a consultation.