How Long Do Same Day Crowns Take?
In today’s fast paced world, finding time for anything extra is often hard to do. So when your dentist tells you that you need a dental crown, you may be wondering how on earth you are going to fit in the multiple dental appointments needed to place a dental crown. Luckily, the modern dental office has found a way to make getting a dental crown easier and faster than ever before.
While dental crowns used to take a minimum of two dental appointments to be completed, nowadays they can be completed in a single office visit. Because they are fabricated while you wait, they are sometimes referred to as “chairside crowns”. Same day crowns are comparable to dental crowns made in dental laboratories, however they don’t take nearly as long to complete.
This is simply because dentists with same day crown technology are effectively able to cut out the dental laboratory altogether. This means that instead of waiting for the dental lab to receive your information, place your request in the queue, and actually get around to fabricating the crown, your restoration can simply be fabricated in the next room of your dentist’s office.
Chairside crowns are made possible by CAD/CAM technology. Without getting into too much detail, CAD/CAM technology uses digital imaging techniques in order to obtain images of the mouth used for dental crown fabrication. These images are then sent via a wifi or bluetooth connection to the in-office milling machine so that they crown can be fabricated to the specifications set by the technology.
There are two commonly used CAD/CAM techniques: CEREC and E4D. Both symptoms work in a similar way and can produce high-quality dental crowns quickly. The only difference between the two is that CEREC requires the application of a reflective material in order to obtain the most accurate images.
Although the exact length of your crown placement procedure may vary, most dental crowns can be placed in as little as 60-90 minutes. During this time, your restoration will first be cut with tiny burrs in order to remove if from a larger block and to shape it appropriately. When having a same day crown fabricated, you can choose from porcelain, composite, or lithium disilicate. Your dentist will help you decide which material is best for you.
In most cases, it will take about 20 minutes to shape the crown. Then, it will need to be stained and glazed in order to match the color of the surrounding teeth. The staining and glazing process will take another 20 minutes. Finally, the crown will be fired for about 15-20 minutes to set everything in place. It will then be left to cool.
At this point, your dentist will examine the crown to make sure it does not require further modification. They will then check the fit over the tooth before cementing it in place. In some cases, a few minor adjustments may need to be made. Once the crown has been cemented in place, your appointment will be complete. Since this procedure allows for the instant placement of a permanent crown, you will have no dietary restrictions and will not need to return at a later date.
Overall, same day dental crowns are a modern dentistry marvel that allows patients to have a dental crown placed quickly. Not only does this save valuable time, but it also eliminates the need for a temporary crown, dietary restrictions, and multiple dental appointments. With same day crown technology, you can have a dental crown placed even if you have an extremely busy schedule.
Dr. Speer prides himself on excellence in all aspects of dentistry. He stays up to date on the latest technologies by attending various continuing education courses throughout the year. He also enjoys volunteering his time and expertise at events, such as Portland Mission of Mercy. He is a member of the Clackamas County Dental Society, Oregon Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. He is also the former President of the Oregon Chapter of Delta Sigma Delta, an international Dental Fraternity.