Same day crowns are a great way to correct numerous dental issues without the wait associated with traditional dental crowns. Mark A Porter, DDS, and Shane Porter, DDS, in San Antonio, Texas, invested in advanced technology that allows them to create custom crowns while you wait. If you’re ready to learn more, book a visit online or call the office today to check appointment availability.
If you and your dentist decide that a dental crown is the right treatment for your needs, your next decision is whether you prefer to have a traditional crown or same day crown.
Not long ago, all dental crowns required multiple visits and an off-site fabrication process. People might wait weeks or even longer for the dental lab to complete their new crown. Today, technological advancements have made it possible for dentists to create outstanding crowns in-office while you wait.
During your initial visit, your dentist advises you on whether a same day crown is a good fit for your needs. You can also explore treatment timing and expense.
As with traditional crowns, an injection of local anesthetic numbs the area before your dentist removes enough tooth tissue to make room for the new crown. The process for getting same day crowns is very similar to 3D printing. A special camera captures digital images to guide the crown fabrication process.
Next, CAD/CAM technology creates a digital model of your teeth. That allows the software to create a restoration that fits perfectly over your prepared tooth and also aligns well with the adjacent natural teeth.
You simply wait in the office as the milling device crafts your new crown. Once it’s ready, your dentist checks to ensure proper fit before cementing it into place. If all goes well, you’ll walk out with your restored smile in just one visit.
There is no special recovery process you have to follow after getting dental crowns and bridges. Some minor soreness is normal for a day or two after your visit, but any discomfort can be addressed with over-the-counter pain medication.
You might want to avoid biting down onto hard foods for a few days to give your body time to adjust to the new crown. If you experience any lingering discomfort or other issues with your new crown, call the office right away to schedule a follow up visit.
To learn more about same day crowns and other dental restorations, book a visit online or over the phone at your earliest convenience.