Crowns (also called “caps”) are nothing new to dentistry. In fact, crowns have been used by dentists for decades. Dr. White may recommend a crown if you have a severely decayed tooth that can’t be repaired by a regular filling, or if you have an old filling that needs to be replaced and there’s not enough tooth structure present to accommodate a new filling. But there are other uses for crowns as well, including in dental appliances like bridges and implants, for example. While it’s true that crowns have been in use for quite some time, there is a new method for fitting patients with these restorations: same day crowns. Dr. White is pleased to offer this new type of crown for his patients from throughout the Dripping Springs, TX, area.
What You Should Know about Same Day Crowns
Most dental patients who have been fitted for crowns years ago remember the procedure. It typically required two trips to the dentist office. During the first trip, your dentist would prepare the affected tooth by removing all existing decay and thoroughly cleaning it, then making an impression of the tooth. You would then be fitted with a temporary crown while the impression would be sent off to a dental lab, which would create the permanent crown. Then, typically 10 to 14 days later, you would return to the dentist office again to be fitted with your permanent crown.
Same day crown technology allows patients to get a new crown in only a single visit to the dentist office. The first part of that appointment is similar to the procedure involved in getting a crown created by an outside lab. Dr. White begins by removing all decay from the affected tooth, then thoroughly cleaning the surface. But that’s where the similarities end! Using new dental technology, Dr. White then creates a 3D image of the tooth. That image is then used to create a permanent porcelain crown right here in our office, while you wait! The porcelain material is every bit as strong as crowns made by outside labs, and Dr. White can even match the shade of the crown to your natural teeth, so the crown will be barely noticeable.
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For more information about same day crown technology, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. White, contact our office today!