Dental Revolution: Crowns in One Appointment

The era of modern dentistry brings us a revolutionary advancement: the design of dental crowns in a single appointment. This innovation promises to transform the patient experience by providing a quick, efficient, and high-quality solution. In this article, we will explore in detail this technology, its benefits, and its impact on contemporary dental practices.

I. What is a dental crown?

A. Definition and function

A dental crown is a fixed prosthesis that completely covers a damaged or weakened tooth. It aims to restore the shape, size, strength, and aesthetics of the tooth.

B. Materials used

Traditionally, crowns are made from various materials such as ceramic, porcelain fused to metal, gold, or zirconium.

II. Innovation of Same-Day Crowns

A. The technology involved

This technique uses Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology. An intraoral scanner captures a precise 3D image of the patient’s dentition, which is then used to design the crown on specialized software. The crown is then manufactured on-site using a milling machine.

B. Process and procedure

The entire process, from digital impression to crown placement, takes place in a single visit, eliminating the need for temporaries and multiple appointments.

III. Benefits for Patients and Dentists

A. For patients

Time-saving: The single-visit procedure saves patients the need for multiple visits.

Comfort: Reduction of discomfort associated with traditional impressions.

Immediate results: Patients leave with their issue resolved on the same day.

Improved precision: Digital technologies offer unparalleled precision in crown design.

Without intermediaries: Tooth preparation, design, and fabrication are done by the dentist, reducing the number of intermediaries and, consequently, communication errors.

IV. Considerations and limitations

While promising, this technology has limitations. For example, in some complex cases, traditional crown design may be necessary. Additionally, the initial investment in equipment can be significant for dental offices.

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Same-day crowns represent a significant advancement in dentistry. They provide patients with a quick and comfortable solution while improving the efficiency of dental practices. This technology symbolizes the ongoing evolution of dentistry towards more convenient, precise, and patient-centered care.