When you crack or chip your tooth, or wants to improve your discolored and weak tooth, your dentist may recommend treatments such as getting a dental crown.
What is a dental crown?
A type of dental restoration, a dental crown is placed over a tooth to cap or encircle the visible regions of the tooth which lies at and above the gum line.
A dental crown is used to shelter a weak tooth, restore a broken or’ damaged tooth, act as a support for a tooth with a large filling, preserve a dental bridge, cap a misshaped or discolored tooth or a dental implant.
Dental crowns can be produced from stainless steel, gold, porcelain, or resin. Among children, stainless steel crowns are considered the best choice, while gold or platinum-made crowns are more sturdy and can endure the biting and chewing pressure better than other types.
How is a dental crown procedure done?
The procedure usually takes two dental visits to be completed as it is divided into two phases — the check-up and preparation, and placement.
During your first visit, a check-up and X-ray are done. Other treatments may also be conducted depending on the condition of your teeth. If your tooth is extremely decayed, additional treatments may be done to ensure that the tooth is suitable for a dental crown procedure.
After an examination, an impression of the tooth is created. After two to three weeks, the crown will be available. During those weeks, a temporary crown will be placed over your prepared tooth to cover and protect it.
The second visit will be the placement of the crown.
I’m busy. Is there a faster way to get a crown?
Fortunately, Dentistry has improved that treatments and procedures which previously needed several dental visits and waiting periods can now be completed in one day with the help of CAD/CAM system.
CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design And Computer-Aided Manufacturing) Dentistry can complete dental procedures like digital impressions, full impressions, surgical guides, dentures, implant abutments, and orthodontic appliances.
The best thing about CAD/CAM system is it allowed same-day crowns, dentures, bridges, veneers, implants, among others because it readies the tooth and creates the restoration right in the dental office.
How does CAD/CAM work?
The system is made up of a computer system, milling unit, and a software. The computer system is composed of hardware for viewing and designing and a monitor, while the milling unit guides the machine involved in shaping the restoration. The software has the data or instructions processed by the computer system to produce the restoration,
When these three are put together, the patient can complete his or her treatment in a single visit and without needing to wear a temporary restoration.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of CAD/CAM system?
CAD/CAM system saves you time by only requiring a day of your time for an appointment. If taking dental impressions used to make you gag, you can finally say goodbye to the discomfort of impression-taking as CAD/CAM dentistry does not involve impression-taking that makes you gag.
There will be no provisional restorations, meaning no teeth sensitivity.
The drawback of this system is its cost, and despite involving only a single-day appointment, the appointment may take hours.