Same-day crowns were invented for busy moms.
So maybe they weren’t really invented for moms who already have countless appointments and obligations to juggle in addition to work, but same-day dental crowns certainly are a relief for any busy person who needs dental work.
Here are 5 advantages of same-day crowns.
1. Same-day crowns are convenient.
You know there’s an issue; you have a tooth that doesn’t feel right. It’s in moments like these that you realize you’ve neglected to see your dentist and hygienist recently. If you have to do the math, you may realize it’s been much longer than a mere six months. You haven’t been because it hasn’t been convenient to go. And it isn’t convenient now, either. But things have gotten painful enough that you know you can’t keep delaying the inevitable.
Your dentist confirms that one of your teeth has advanced decay. This means the decay isn’t something that can be fixed with a routine filling. Instead, your dentist recommends a crown.
Your heart sinks.
You’ve had dental crowns before, and it was a hassle. Between driving the kids to their practices and helping them with their homework, you’re not sure if you have time for prioritizing your own health with something as complicated as dental crowns.
But that’s how your teeth got into this state in the first place. Who will take care of them if you’re down with a painful abscess or, worse, infection from letting this dental problem go untreated?
2. The process results in a precise crown custom-milled just for you.
Dr. Miedema talks to you about your options, and you decide on a porcelain crown with the E4D system. The E4D is a computer-aided, computer-guided virtual design and milling system. With Dr. Miedema’s knowledge, skills, and experience guiding the process, the result is a natural-looking crown that will last for years to come.
After an evaluation and diagnosis, the process starts with Dr. Miedema preparing the tooth that needs a crown. Once all the decay has been removed, it’s time for your entire mouth to be scanned. Thankfully, the Tory Hill Dental team uses digital scanners instead of messy impressions. While only one tooth (hopefully) needs a crown, it’s vital to your oral health that your new crown is designed with the rest of your teeth in mind.
What happens after the digital scan? A block of either Emax or Empress porcelain goes into the E4D machine where it’s milled in no time. When it comes out, Dr. Miedema will make any adjustments needed and bond it to your tooth. Then, it’s time to check your bite to make sure it’s comfortable.
A typical crown would require impressions and at least a two-week wait while the lab creates your crowns. While this process is sometimes necessary, it’s nice to avoid it when possible.
3. There’s no need for temporary crowns!
You’ve had one before. You had to be careful to chew on the other side of your mouth because you didn’t want to dislodge it. Thankfully, you made it to your final placement appointment without any serious issues, but you know others who haven’t been so lucky.
So other than convenience, the second biggest reason you were excited to be a good candidate for an E4D crown is because you wouldn’t have to leave with a temporary crown and hope it stayed in place for weeks.
4. Same-day dental crowns are affordable.
You don’t have to pay extra for the convenience and comfort that comes with a single visit crown. Single-visit or same-day dental crowns cost about the same as lab-created crowns. The bonus to an E4D crown is it might even save you money because you won’t need to come back for final placement.
If you have insurance, talk to our team about your insurance benefits before your appointment. We can work with you to maximize your benefits. We also partner with CareCredit to bring our patients more options, including a low monthly payment with zero interest through CareCredit.
5. E4D crowns are durable.
The long-term performance of a lab-created crown is about the same as a single appointment crown. How long your crown will last depends on you for the most part. A few tips for keeping your crown and teeth for as long as possible:
- Don’t use your teeth, with or without same-day dental crowns, as tools.
- Brush at least twice daily for two minutes.
- Visit your dentist twice per year, minimum.
- Floss daily.
Keeping the tissues and structures supporting your teeth healthy is vital to the longevity of all your teeth. Your oral health also affects your overall health, so make time for a couple of visits per year.
Proactively protect your oral health.
Aside from the cavity that turned into a bigger problem because you hadn’t seen the dentist in a while, your gums may be feeling the effects of your prolonged hiatus, too. Once your crown is all taken care of, come back to see us for a deep cleaning. We’ll make sure it feels more like a little self-care time than a dental appointment. And when we’re finished, you’ll be able to feel the difference. Your gums will thank you.
We’re here to partner with you in protecting your oral health. Helping you meet your health goals and do so as conveniently as possible is our goal. You can even request an appointment using our online form while you’re thinking about it, so it’s one less thing you’ll have to remember later.
We look forward to seeing you soon.