By: Dr. Elizabeth Eggert
It is always ideal when your dental exam reveals no problems, but sometimes issues do arise. If your tooth has a large cavity, cracks, or is broken, Dr. Elizabeth or Dr. Jeff will likely recommend a crown to help restore the integrity of your tooth. A crown will reinforce the tooth and help keep it functioning for eating, smiling, and speaking.
Crowns have been around for decades and fortunately the materials and process for making crowns has continued to evolve and improve. Traditionally, getting a crown on your tooth involved two appointments. Currently, technology exists that allows us to make crowns in our dental office in one appointment. This offers a number of advantages, probably the biggest of which is convenience in coming to the office for only one appointment instead of two. Another advantage is the ability to take a digital impression with an intraoral scanner. This eliminates the need to take a traditional impression with putty material that sets up in your mouth. A crown in one day also means there is no need for a temporary crown. Temporaries are durable but do occasionally break or come loose, necessitating a visit to have a new temporary made or recemented. An additional remarkable feature of the “same-day crown” is the ability to replicate the shape and anatomy of an existing tooth or crown, which makes it easy for your new crown to fit well into your bite.
We have been using this technology with the CEREC system for many years and we recently upgraded our intraoral scanner to the Sirona Primescan, which makes taking digital impressions even faster and easier. Not every case can be completed in one visit, but many can, which most people find preferable. A recent patient, Ann, commented, “It is very convenient to get the crown fitted and designed in one visit versus having to come back!”
We want to share some photos with you of Ann’s case so you can see this technology in action. If one of your teeth ends up needing a crown, you can trust that our great team at Eggert Family Dentistry will take wonderful care of you too!
Call us today at 651-482-8412 to inquire about getting your next crown in one day!