What’s the Difference Between Same-Day Dental Crowns and Traditional Crowns?

December 19, 2018 - 8 minutes read

Imagine that you trip over a stick and fall and break one of your teeth. Not only does this hurt but you think of the long inconvenience of waiting for a dental crown to restore your tooth when you go visit the dentist. Getting a dental crown can take as long as a month. In the meantime, you have to wear an uncomfortable temporary crown or walk around with a broken tooth. Fortunately, today, many dentists have CEREC machines in their office. A CEREC can create your dental crown in the office the same day as your visit. This means that you don’t have to wait for a month for a permanent dental crown. If you are wondering what the difference between same-day dental crowns and traditional crowns are before you invest in a same-day crown, no worries, our Turlock dentist at Eggleston Dental Care has all of the answers for you.

What are Same-Day Crowns?

A dental crown is a porcelain cap that is placed over your tooth to restore its shape and functionality. It can be placed over a severely broken tooth as well as a tooth with minimal damage. Dental crowns can be made of porcelain which is typically tooth colored or from gold. We prefer to use dental crowns made of porcelain because they look natural and don’t react to temperature changes like gold or other metals. Same-day dental crowns are dental crowns that are made the same day as your appointment. Traditional dental crowns are made in a dental lab and require weeks of waiting to have them returned.

We create our same-day dental crowns in Turlock by using a CEREC machine. The CEREC takes digital impressions of your teeth and creates the dental crown for us to place the same day you come to visit us. This means there are no temporary dental crowns you need to wear for weeks at a time. If you have a procedure that requires a dental crown afterward, we can place your permanent crown following your procedure.

What are Dental Crowns Needed for?

Dental crowns can be used to address a number of dental problems. In most cases, they are needed for restoring teeth back to functionality, protecting the natural tooth underneath, restoring aesthetics to the tooth and also use as a replacement tooth with a dental implant.

Dental crowns can be used to protect weak teeth. Weak teeth can be caused by multiple fillings in the same tooth, a cracked tooth, or a tooth that has been subject to a lot of decay. Dental crowns can also be used to restore a broken or worn down tooth. This problem can happen from physical damage or simply from grinding your teeth at night. In addition, dental crowns can be used to protect and support a tooth that has more filling in it than a natural tooth. Dental crowns can also be used to reshape teeth, recolor teeth or to hold a dental bridge in place. Lastly, they can be used to replace missing teeth or to make your teeth more aesthetic. Dental crowns can be used for any number of restorative or cosmetic reasons.

Same-Day Crowns Procedure

The procedure for same-day crowns is surprisingly easy. First, our Turlock dentist will give you any prep procedure you need beforehand. It’s common for a dentist to perform a root canal or remove dental decay before placing a dental crown. If there is any other prep that needs to be completed, this will be done first.

Once your tooth is prepped, Dr. Eggleston will use a 3D camera to take pictures of your tooth for your digital impressions. Digital impressions are much more comfortable to endure than traditional impressions. Once he captures enough images of your tooth, he will upload them and use computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing to create the porcelain crown that will be custom made to fit your tooth. This is all done in the comfort of our dental office. You don’t have to wait for 2 to 4 weeks for your results. You can relax in our waiting room comfortably while your dental crown is being made.

Once your dental crown is made, we can bring you back to the chair where we bond it to your tooth. Most dentists don’t have this technology in their office so being able to do this in Turlock is a huge benefit! You don’t have to wait longer than an hour for a dental crown. Once it’s placed, your tooth will be completely restored and you never have to worry about it again.

The Different Benefits of Same-Day Crowns vs. Traditional Crowns

There are a lot of different benefits of same-day crowns vs. traditional crowns. For example, same-day crowns provide you with a lot of timesaving. You don’t have to travel to our dental office more than once. This will save you at least an hour alone, not to mention driving time. Since the dental crown is placed the same day, this will also be more convenient for you because you don’t have to find an additional appointment that works with your schedule.

Same-day dental crowns also eliminate the need for a temporary filling or crown which usually presents discomfort while it’s in and to have it removed. Same-day dental crowns are also more comfortable to receive. Porcelain dental crowns also look better than metal dental crowns. They look natural and blend in well with the rest of your teeth. What’s not to like about same-day dental crowns?

Visit Your Turlock Dentist for Same-Day Crowns Today

If you are in need of a dental crown or think you might need one following a certain dental procedure, why not skip the month wait for a permanent dental crown and visit our dental office in Turlock for a same-day dental crown instead? Experience the difference with same-day dental crowns at Eggleston Dental Care. Give us a call or fill out our contact form for your own same-day dental crown.