When a tooth is severely damaged by dental decay, it may need a dental crown. These crowns are porcelain, ceramic, or metal dental caps securely placed over a severely damaged tooth. A crown can only be placed on the tooth after all the decay has been removed and the cavity has been sealed. The cap protects the tooth from further damage and restores its durability and function.
So, how long does it take to get a dental crown? The answer depends on the type of technology offered by the dentist. Traditional crown placements can take two appointments, weeks apart. However, with new dental crown restorative technology provided by Cerec, your dental crown can now be placed in one visit.
Reasons You May Need a Crown
Dental crowns can prevent the need for a tooth extraction, which can negatively impact your ability to chew and impact your future dental health and wellness. Crowns are typically utilized when:
- Your tooth is severely cracked
- There is not enough of the tooth left to support a large filling
- The tooth has undergone a root canal
- The tooth is severely discolored, chipped, or otherwise misshapen
Types of Crown Materials
Crowns are created from porcelain, ceramic, metal, or porcelain fused to metal. Depending on where you need the crown will determine what type of material is used. If the tooth is not visible, a metal crown may prove sufficient. On the other hand, if the tooth is visible when you open your mouth or smile, tooth-colored porcelain, ceramic, or porcelain fused to a metal crown may be suggested.
Traditional Crown Placement Procedure
The traditional procedure for getting a dental crown involves two visits. Your first visit involves examining the severely damaged tooth, cleaning out the decay or performing a root canal, and taking an impression of the prepared tooth. Your impression is taken using a casting material that is placed into a dental tray. From there, the tray is inserted into your mouth for a specific amount of time in order to let the casting material harden. Once the material has hardened, the tray is removed and the cast is sent to the laboratory.
Since there is a waiting period while the lab creates your custom crown, the dentist will place a temporary crown over the tooth in order to make sure the tooth is protected and to prevent further damage. Once your crown arrives, a second appointment will be scheduled to remove the temporary crown and place the permanent crown.
CD Cerec Technology for Dental Crowns at Bonham Dental Arts in Largo, FL
Here at Bonham Dental Arts, we understand scheduling two dental appointments for your crown may not be convenient. This may result in your having the temporary crown for longer than recommended. Temporary crowns are only designed to last a few weeks to a month. If you cannot visit the dentist shortly after your new permanent crown arrives, it can lead to heavy wear, which results in further damage to your tooth.
For this reason, we offer CD Cerec technology for dental crowns in Largo, Florida. This technology allows us to perform your dental crown procedure in one visit, instead of two visits. This procedure involves taking digital images of the tooth after all the decay is removed. The Cerec technology then creates a 3D image of the tooth and recommends the best restorative procedure. If the recommendation is a crown, a small block of ceramic is placed into the milling machine. The milling machine creates your new crown in about 20 minutes. Then, our dentist places the crown. This eliminates the need to create a temporary crown and schedule a second appointment for the permanent crown.
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