At TLC4Gums, modern dentistry meets convenience and quality with our same-day crown services. We understand that your time is valuable, and that’s why we’ve invested in advanced technology to streamline the process of getting a dental crown. Discover how our same-day crowns offer a swift and effective solution for restoring your smile’s aesthetics and function, all under the expert care of Dr. Gordon Wilson and our dedicated dental team in Phoenix, AZ.
What Are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown, also known as a dental cap, is a custom-made prosthetic restoration that covers a damaged or weakened tooth. Crowns restore the tooth’s shape, size, strength, and appearance. They can also be used for cosmetic dentistry reasons to improve the appearance of misshapen or discolored teeth. Our CEREC dental crowns enhance your dental experience for a personalized and streamlined process.
Benefits of Same-Day Dental Crowns
Same-day dental crowns, often produced using CAD/CAM technology, offer several advantages:
- Convenience: Same-day crowns are fabricated and placed in a single dental appointment, saving you from the need to visit the dentist multiple times.
- Time-Efficiency: Traditional crowns require at least two appointments with a waiting period between them. Same-day crowns eliminate the need for temporary crowns and reduce the overall treatment time.
- Accuracy: CAD/CAM technology allows for precise digital impressions, resulting in crowns that fit well and require minimal adjustments.
- Aesthetics: Same-day crowns can be customized to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth, providing a natural and pleasing appearance.
- Strength and Durability: Same-day crowns are made from strong materials that can withstand the forces of biting and chewing.
- Minimal Discomfort: Getting a same-day crown involves less discomfort, as there’s no need for a temporary crown or additional impressions.
What Can Dental Crowns Fix?
Dental crowns are versatile restorations that can address various dental issues, including:
- Tooth Decay: When a tooth has extensive decay that can’t be effectively treated with a filling, a crown can cover and protect the remaining tooth structure.
- Fractured or Broken Teeth: Teeth that are cracked, fractured, or broken can be strengthened and restored with crowns, preventing further damage.
- Root Canal Treated Teeth: Teeth that have undergone root canal therapy can become more brittle over time. Crowns provide protection and reinforcement to these teeth.
- Cosmetic Concerns: Crowns can improve the appearance of misshapen, discolored, or poorly aligned teeth, enhancing your smile’s aesthetics.
- Large Fillings: When a tooth has a large filling and minimal natural tooth structure remaining, a crown may be needed to provide adequate support.
- Dental Implants: Crowns are placed on top of dental implants to replace missing teeth, restoring function and appearance.
- Worn Down Teeth: Teeth that have been severely worn down due to grinding or other factors can be restored with crowns.
The Same-Day Dental Crown Process
Initial Assessment and Consultation
You’ll have an initial consultation with Dr. Wilson to discuss your dental needs and determine whether a dental crown is right for you. If a crown is recommended, Dr. Wilson will explain the procedure, and its benefits, and address any questions or concerns you might have.
Instead of traditional impressions using gooey materials, Dr. Wilson will use advanced digital scanning technology to create precise 3D images of your tooth and the surrounding area. These digital impressions will serve as the basis for designing your crown.
Dr. Wilson will use computer-aided design (CAD) software to create a virtual model of your crown. This digital model allows for customization in terms of shape, size, and color to ensure that the crown seamlessly matches your natural teeth.
Thanks to our in-house milling machine, the crown fabrication process can occur within the same appointment. This involves the milling machine carving out the crown from the ceramic block.
Placement and Bonding
Dr. Wilson will prepare your tooth by removing decay or damaged areas. The crown will then be carefully placed over your prepared tooth. Dr. Wilson will ensure that the fit is precise and that your bite is comfortable. Once satisfied, he’ll bond the crown to your tooth using dental adhesive.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are same-day crowns as good as lab-made crowns?
Both same-day and lab-made crowns can be of high quality, but there are some differences to consider. Same-day crowns are convenient because they can be completed in a single visit, whereas lab-made crowns usually require at least two. Consult your dentist to determine which is best for you.
Are same-day crowns more expensive than traditional crowns?
Same-day crowns can be more expensive than traditional lab-made crowns due to the technology involved in their fabrication and the convenience they offer. The cost difference may not be significant for some patients and dental insurance coverage can vary. Consult with your dentist about the specific costs associated with each type of crown in your situation.
How long do same-day crowns last?
The lifespan of same-day crowns and lab-made crowns depends on several factors. In general, well-maintained crowns can last for many years. Dental crowns often last 10 to 15 years, but it’s not uncommon for them to last even longer.
Do same-day crowns look natural?
Yes, same-day dental crowns look natural. CEREC crowns blend seamlessly with your existing teeth. The shade, shape, and texture can be customized to match your other teeth, making the restoration virtually indistinguishable from your natural smile.
Fix Your Smile in Just One Appointment with CEREC Crowns
At TLC4Gums, your dental health and satisfaction are our top priorities. With our same-day crown services, you can now enjoy a hassle-free experience without compromising on the quality of your dental restoration. Schedule your consultation today by calling our Phoenix, AZ, office at 480-661-4867. We welcome new and returning patients from Tempe, Scottsdale, and Central City, AZ.