Dental crowns are an effective way to fix a damaged tooth and improve your smile. But the typical process of getting a dental crown can be time-consuming. When you’re a busy person, you don’t have weeks to wait with a half-repaired tooth.
Fortunately, there’s an alternative to this process. You can get a crown made in the same day, and it still has the same custom quality as a traditional crown. Learn more about how the team at Pro Dental Care in South Elgin and Sleepy Hollow, Illinois can help you restore your smile without the long wait.
What conditions would require a crown?
Crowns are tooth-shaped covers or caps made of a solid material, generally porcelain. There are many dental conditions that can cause you to need a crown. Among the reasons that you could need a crown include:
- Cracked or fractured teeth
- Worn down teeth
- Broken teeth
- Teeth that need a large filling but don’t have enough remaining tooth surface
- Teeth that are misshapen or discolored
The traditional crown process
In the traditional process of getting a crown, the dentist carefully removes a small part of your tooth. This makes room for the crown to fit. Then, computer imaging allows him or her to make an impression of the size and shape of your tooth. The dentist’s goal is to create a cap or cover for your tooth that will look as natural as possible. Crowns are carefully color-matched to the surrounding nearby teeth.
After the dentist makes the mold of your tooth, then he or she usually has to send it off to a lab. At the lab, technicians create a permanent crown designed to meet the exact specifications your dentist sent them. In the meantime, you are fitted with a temporary crown to wear until the permanent one is done.
When the lab is finished making your crown, they send it back to your dentist. Then, you come back in to have the crown permanently affixed. The traditional crown process takes a couple of weeks from beginning to end.
Why crowns have to be custom-made
It would be nice and convenient if you could go to the drugstore and get a cap for your damaged tooth. But crowns have to be custom-made so that they can match your other teeth in size, shape, and color. The other advantage of custom-made crowns is that they are made of a durable material and are intended for permanent use. Most properly made crowns usually do not have to ever be replaced.
How you can get a custom quality crown in a day
Pro Dental Care eliminates the inconvenience of the traditional crown process. Rather than having to wait for weeks for the crown to come back from the lab, Pro Dental Care makes the crown in one day.
First, the dentist uses CERES technology with a CAD/CAM machine. This creates a digital model of your tooth. Then, the digital model creates the tooth crown out of a block of porcelain. Finally, the porcelain is matched to the right color so that it is indistinguishable from your other teeth.
Getting a crown is a procedure that can make your smile look better and your mouth feel better. Why deal with the inconvenience and discomfort of a temporary crown with the traditional crown process? Let the dentists at Pro Dental Care take care of your smile with one-day results. Call us today or book an appointment online.