Getting a dental crown is a common procedure many Americans go through. The good news is that dental technology has evolved so much that a dental crown will not restore just the function of your smile but its look as well.
Even better, if you are looking for fast results, you can opt for same-day crowns and be done with the treatment in just one visit. But are they as good as lab-made dental crowns? What are the pros and cons of each?
Find out everything you need to know about traditional and same-day dental crowns in this short article!
A same-day crown essentially means you can fix a tooth in just one appointment. Dental crowns rely on special tools that create a 3D image of the damaged tooth and then use a CEREC machine to create the dental crown right in the office.
When the machine is done, the crown is cemented on top of your tooth, restoring your smile.
Traditional crowns work in a similar principle. Your South Philadelphia dentist will take a mold of your tooth to create a custom crown. The difference is that the mold is sent to a lab, and it can take 1-2 weeks until the crown is constructed.
Same-day crowns are certainly appealing if you’re looking for fast results. They are permanent, so you will not need to have them replaced later unless they are damaged by regular wear and tear.
The only major con of same-day crowns is that they are usually less strong than traditional ones. These crowns are made of ceramic, which is a bit less durable than metal or porcelain, the materials commonly used for regular dental crowns.
Regular dental crowns are a lot more durable than same-day ones. They are usually made from metal or porcelain, which can withstand for even as long as 10 years, possibly even more with the right maintenance.
However, regular dental crowns can prolong your treatment a bit. Apart from getting the mold done, you may need to come in for a few more appointments in case the dental crown doesn't fit perfectly. If this happens, the crown is sent back to the lab, and it can take a few extra days for the modifications to be made.
The best way to find out which dental crown is best for you is to simply come in for a consultation with Dr. Bill Mestichelli or Dr. Michael Barnes. They will perform a thorough assessment of your dental health and provide you with the best treatment plan that can restore both the health and look of your smile.
To get started, simply book a consultation at Mestichelli Barnes Dental Associates online.