Crowns are tooth-shaped and tooth-colored dental prosthetics used to cover a damaged, decayed, or worn out teeth. They are custom-made porcelain jackets and are permanently cemented in place using a dental adhesive. They enhance the color, shape, size of teeth and add a delightful look to one's smile. Crowns not only improve the aesthetic appeal of teeth but also provide strength to the teeth they are bonded to.
Traditional or conventional crowns require a tedious procedure for installation. The procedure is time-consuming and requires at least two to three appointments with the dentist. In today's fast-moving world, it becomes difficult to fit in such dental procedures in the daily routine, especially when you are constantly racing against time. To solve this problem, at Murray Dental, we use CEREC technology to install dental crowns in a single visit. Such crowns are called same-day or one-day crowns.
One-day crowns are just like traditional crowns, with only one exception-they are installed in a single day and provide better results than traditional or conventional crowns. They use the trailblazing CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) technology to their benefit and allow the dentist to restore damaged teeth in a single visit.
How are one day crowns installed in a single appointment?
Below is a step-by-step guide to one-day crowns fabrication and installation.
Step 1: A thorough oral examination.
Like any other dental treatment, crown-installation also requires a complete and thorough oral examination to determine the extent of damage and how it affects the other structures present in the oral cavity. Regular X-rays and panoramic X-rays are used to assess the damaged tooth. Teeth with chips, fractures, cracks, and decays can be saved with dental crowns only if the damage has not reached the roots.
If the oral examination proves the damage to not be extensive and not have reached the tooth roots, the dentist proceeds to the next step.
Step 2: Tooth preparation
Next, the damaged tooth is prepared to receive a dental crown; an anesthetic is used to numb it and its surrounding area. In the case of decay, a dental drill is used to remove the decayed portion and the cavity is filled with an inert filling. If the tooth has lost a lot of its structure to damage or decay, a filling material is used to build up the tooth structure. The tooth is then reduced from the sides to create room for the crown.
Step 3: Generating optical impressions
Then, a special camera is used to capture optical impressions of the teeth. Optical impressions are highly detailed and capture every little detail regarding the shape, size, color, and bite to help fabricate a one-day crown that looks as natural as possible.
Step 4: Processing the optical impressions
Next, the optical impressions are processed using CEREC software to render a 3D model of your teeth.
Step 5: Fabricating a one-day crown
Then, the 3D model is fed to an in-office, high-end CEREC milling machine, which crafts a one-day crown from medical grade ceramic. The state of the art milling machine produces a flawlessly shaped dental crown that is both aesthetically and functionally pleasing.
Step 6: Bonding the one-day crown in place
Finally, the crown is surmounted over the prepared tooth and permanently fixed in place using a dental adhesive.
The entire process is quick-about 90 minutes long-and hassle-free.
What are the advantages of one-day crowns over traditional crowns?
One-day crowns have revolutionized the way teeth were restored in the past. They provide multiple benefits and have become a popular choice among patients looking for restorative dental procedures. The table given below highlights the advantages and differences of one- day crowns over traditional crowns.
|S.No||Parameter||One-day crowns||Traditional crowns|
|1||Tooth-shaped and tooth-colored dental prosthetics used to restore teeth with chips, cracks, fractures, decay, and more.|
|2||Custom-designed to suit the individual requirements of patients.|
|3||Require a tedious, time-consuming procedure for installation, at least two to three appointments with the dentist.|
|4||Employ CEREC technology to fabricate and install dental crowns in a single visit or a single appointment with the dentist.|
|5||Employ trailblazing CAD/CAM technology, a state of the art milling machine, and 3D images to achieve great results.|
|6||Impressions of teeth are obtained using dental putty, which tastes terrible and consumes a lot of time.|
|7||A special camera is used to capture optical impressions of the teeth. Optical impressions are highly detailed and capture every little detail regarding the shape, size, color, and bite to help fabricate a one-day crown that looks as natural as possible.|
|8||Help achieve a new smile in a single day and save time in today's fast-moving world.|
|9||Mimic the exact color, shape, and size of neighboring teeth. They are more natural- looking.|
|10||Fabricated from high-quality, high-end ceramic, which is gum-friendly and does not cause irritation.|
|11||Require the installation of a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth. A temporary crown is worn for a period of 2-3 weeks.|
|12||Eliminate the need for a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth.|
|13||Require a less invasive procedure and preserve more of the natural tooth structure.|
|14||Hold up to high levels of stress and less prone to cracks and fractures-more durable.|
|15||Plaque and decay-resistant.|
At Murray Dental Care of Cupertino, our entire team of dentists and hygienists is committed to providing supreme quality dental care to our patients and their families. If you are inclined towards taking the first steps to improve your dental health and hygiene, call us at (408) 253- 5277 to book an appointment.