Having broken, cracked, or missing teeth can be embarrassing and impact your ability to eat, speak, and smile comfortably. Crowns offer a durable solution to protect damaged teeth while improving function and aesthetics. Traditional crowns require a multi-step process, but advances in technology have made same-day crowns a reliable and fast option. Clagett Dental Solutions has the computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technology necessary to create and place crowns in a single visit, restoring your smile more quickly.
Differences in the Treatment Process
The basics for both traditional and same day crowns are the same: an image or impression of your tooth is taken, a crown is created, and it is bonded to the treated tooth. However, the details and timeline of the treatment processes differ.
During a same-day crowns procedure, our doctors use an intraoral camera to capture 3-D images of your tooth and mouth. These images are loaded into a computer that creates a digital model of your new crown that is precisely designed to fit your mouth. The digital design is then printed using a milling machine, creating a replica. Once the crown is finished, the doctor will affix it to the damaged tooth.
With traditional crowns, our doctors make impressions of your teeth to create a mold. The impressions are sent to a laboratory where the crown is carefully milled to the desired specifications. This process can take two to three weeks, during which time a temporary crown will be placed. Once the dentist has the new crown, you will return to the office, and it will be attached.
Differences In Cost
Crowns can be made from different materials, but the cost for the actual crown is comparable whether it is made in-office or in a laboratory. A few factors that can affect the overall cost of the procedure include:
- Any other procedures necessary, such as root canals
- The number of appointments necessary
- Dental insurance coverage
The doctors at Clagett Dental Solutions can discuss pricing and the financial options available in more detail during your consultation.
Pros and Cons of Same Day Crowns
- Same-days crowns take less time because the crown is designed and printed in the office while you wait, and there is no need for a temporary crown.
- It can be more cost-efficient because you do not have to pay copays for multiple appointments or take additional time off of work since everything is done in one visit.
- More of your natural tooth is preserved because less drilling is required to attach a same-day crown.
3D imaging can be more comfortable than traditional impressions for creating the crown.
- Crowns are precisely milled and color-matched to fit your tooth.
- Same-day crowns are often made of less durable ceramic and may wear down more quickly than the porcelain or metal used to create traditional crowns.
- If your tooth is cracked or broken below the gumline, it is difficult for intraoral cameras to take an accurate image. A traditional crown may be a better option.
Pros and Cons of Traditional Crowns
- Traditional crowns are very strong because they are made of porcelain, ceramic, metal, or a combination of these materials.
- They can be reinforced with metal, whereas same-day crowns cannot.
- If you clench or grind your teeth, a traditional crown may be more durable.
- It can take two to three weeks for the lab to create the crown, and it may not be an exact color match.
- You will have to wear a temporary crown while your permanent crown is being milled, and it can be uncomfortable or fall off, potentially leading to more damage or decay.
- If the new crown is not an exact fit, you may have to go through the process again to have another one made.
- The metal in the crown can become visible if the porcelain or ceramic chips away.
Differences in Recovery Time
Once a same-day crown is attached, it can be immediately used as a natural tooth. There are no limitations to what you can eat or drink, although you may experience some temporary soreness.
While a traditional crown is being made, a temporary crown will be attached. It is not precisely fitted to your mouth, so it can be uncomfortable, and it is not as strong as your natural tooth or permanent crown. You will need to be careful about what you eat, or the temporary crown may fall out. Once the traditional crown is affixed, there is no downtime, and you can get back to your regular diet and routine.
Choosing Between Same Day and Traditional Crowns
Both types of crowns have their benefits and drawbacks. It is ultimately a matter of personal choice and what fits best with your situation. The doctors at Clagett Dental Solutions will discuss your options and whether you are a good candidate for a same-day crown or if a traditional crown would be better. In either case, we take the time to answer any questions you may have and explain the procedure, so you know what to expect and feel comfortable with your decision.
If you are self-conscious about your chipped or cracked teeth, contact us to learn more about same-day crowns and how they can provide fast, quality results. Once you are ready to restore your beautiful smile, we will be happy to see you for your initial consultation at Clagett Dental Solutions.