A dental crown is a common and effective procedure in cosmetic dentistry which can save a tooth from extraction, restore the biting surface of a tooth, or even replace a tooth altogether as part of a dental implant. However, traditional crowns require a dental laboratory to design and create the restoration, a process which could take several weeks. Luckily, same-day crowns can cut out the laboratory wait times to save you time and even money and allow you to repair your damaged tooth in a single dental visit. Find out more about same-day dental crowns with Dr. Scott Wingard and Dr. Caleb Morris at Summerville Dentistry in Augusta and Evans, GA.
How do same-day crowns compare to traditional crowns?
Traditionally, a dental laboratory used to be the go-to for creating dental crowns. The process requires that your dentist take a clay impression of your mouth, then send it to the laboratory for processing. The impression aids in the design of the crown and allows it to fit as naturally as possible into your other teeth. Same-day crowns, however, have revolutionized how the crown process works. Now, instead of a cumbersome clay impression, your dentist creates a 3D model of your mouth which then feeds into an in-office computer system. There, your dentist can design and specify your crown to fit into your smile, then send the finalized design to its final stage. During this step, a machine carves the crown from a block of ceramic.
Do I need a dental crown?
Dental crowns can achieve many goals, including:
- restoring a worn biting surface of a tooth
- stabilizing a large filling, often after a root canal
- protecting a damaged or compromised tooth from further damage
- holding a dental bridge in place to replace a missing tooth
- covering a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
I think a same-day crown is right for me. Now what?
If you think you could benefit from a same-day dental crown, you should consult with your dentist to ensure that this is the best treatment for you. For more information on same-day dental crowns or cosmetic dentistry in general, please contact Dr. Scott Wingard and Dr. Caleb Morris at Summerville Dentistry with locations in Augusta and Evans, GA. Call (706) 738-4723 to schedule your appointment at the Augusta location or (706) 250-2998 to schedule your appointment at the Evans location today!