Crowns in a single visit!
A dental crown is a dental prosthesis that is used to cover a damaged tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. When this tooth-shaped “cap” is firmly cemented into its place, it completely encases the visible portion of the tooth, giving the impression that you have a perfect set of teeth. Until recently it used to take at least two weeks to have a new crown made, but today you can get a crown in a single visit.
Why do you need a dental crown?
First, let’s find out why you need a dental crown. You need a dental crown to protect a weak tooth, to restore a broken or severely worn out tooth, to fill the large gap between two adjacent teeth, to hold a dental bridge, to cover a badly misshapen or discolored tooth, to cover a dental implant, or to give your tooth a cosmetic makeover. All you need to know the difference is to take a look at other people with a dental crown before and after receiving the procedure.
How was it done traditionally?
The traditional method of having a dental crown fixed to your teeth is a lengthy process. The dentist first removes the decay and shapes the tooth. Then he takes an impression of the tooth, which he sends to the lab. It takes the lab about two weeks to make the crown. During this period you are given a temporary crown to cover your tooth. When the crown finally arrives, it may not be an exact match. If it is not, then the dentist takes another impression and sends it to the lab.
How is it done in a single day?
The new and advanced dental crown procedure makes use of a digital laser scanner to create a 3D virtual model of the crown. But first, the dentist removes the decay and shapes your teeth like in the traditional method. Then he takes a video of your teeth and jaws with the digital laser scanner and creates a 3D virtual model of the crown.
The dentist sends this virtual model to the mill, which is another section of his office, where a lab technician makes a crown of the exact shape and size. It takes no more than fifteen minutes to make the crown. As soon as the crown comes from the mill, the dentist tries it on your teeth. If it is an exact fit, he sends it to the oven, where it is baked for twenty-five minutes. Once it is ready, the dentist fixes it to your teeth. You’ve got your new crown in a single day.
If the crown is not an exact fit, the dentist creates another 3D virtual model and sends it to mill once again. He may repeat the process until he is fully satisfied that the crown fits exactly, has just the right shade, blends in perfectly with your teeth, and looks just like natural teeth.
How much does it cost?
The exact price depends on the type of crown you want and your dental insurance coverage. Dental crown types include ceramic crowns, which are popular for restoring front teeth, and porcelain fused to metal, which provide a stronger bond and are used for other teeth. The average cost of dental crowns in the United States varies due to the many factors involved regarding each individual situation.
If you are in need of a dental crown, make sure you go to a dentist who specializes in dental crowns and has the technology to have it made in a single day.
Why Choose Suburban Essex Dental
At Suburban Essex Dental, NJ, providing you with incredible customer service, a high-quality level of treatment and a pleasant experience during your dental crown procedure are our primary goals. Crowns in a single visit are our specialty.
Our staff is always eager to assist you. We are here to keep your smile bright & healthy.