- September 12, 2015
Does your dental office use the most durable and beautiful crowns available? Are you hearing about dental procedures that can get you in and out of the office in no time? As a state-of-the-art dental office, we have made a commitment to surround ourselves with the best technology. But we also make sure that our procedures will last and naturally blend in with our patient’s’ natural smile.
I recently read an article from the Wall Street Journal that chronicles this very issue, specifically same-day crowns. Same-day crown machines are tools in dentistry that allows dentists to design and place crowns in just one day. A typical crown procedure can take multiple visits, and the patient is required to wear a temporary crown while the permanent restoration is being designed. While many dental offices have begun using same-day crown machine, the Wall Street Journal found that the same-day crown have aesthetic limitations.
Traditional Crowns Can Match Your Natural Teeth
Digital technology has always worked to make our lives easier. That is no different in dentistry. We use digital technology in our practice to help us diagnose dental problems and to fix dental problems. But in some areas, we can provide better quality using manual tactics, like creating beautiful and natural-looking crowns.
Same-day dental crowns are convenient for both the dental professionals and the patient, but they do have cosmetic limitations. Traditional crowns are created in a dental lab and designed to perfectly match your bite and smile. For a same-day crown, the dentist selects the proper shade of tooth and matches it accordingly. This is very useful, but the issue is that single teeth are not typically one color. For example, some teeth are darker near the root of the tooth. In a dental lab, a lab technician can properly layer the tooth to develop a natural-looking restoration and color. For us, it’s essential to provide a crown that is both beautiful and durable.
The study also found that dental lab crowns are more durable for patients who clench or grind their teeth.
When Does My Tooth Need a Crown?
Patients often need crowns when the structure of the tooth has been damaged by decay or trauma – or following root canal treatment. The crown covers the entire surface of the tooth and works to reduce the risk of future damage or decay. We also use crowns to restore single dental implants. Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. Implants are made from titanium and naturally fuse to the jawbone and nearly mimic the function of natural teeth.
To place the crown, we first prepare the tooth that needs the crown. Once the tooth is prepared, we takes molds of the tooth to fit the perfect fit for the crown. You’ll then wear a temporary crown while your permanent restoration is being created. This usually takes about one to three weeks. On your final visit, we can place the crown without having to numb your mouth – the entire visit could take just 15 minutes.
Our dental crowns match the natural color of your teeth and do not stain with age. The crowns restore the tooth and your smile and are so lifelike that no one will know that the crown is not your natural tooth tissue. We use a special shade chart to make sure the restoration blends in with your natural smile.
We understand that no one wants to walk around with a broken tooth or a temporary crown, but if we ask that you consider the quality of your restoration before finding what will take the least amount of time. If you are in need of a dental crown or looking for a quality family dentist, call our office today and schedule your first visit with us!