New technology has changed a lot in our lives, from how we talk to each other to how we work and live. But it has also changed the way dental procedures, like getting a dental crown, are done. The latest technology in dentistry makes getting a crown easier and more effective, not to mention your crown may last longer too.
What Is A Dental Crown?
Typically a dental crown is a special cap that is created to cover a damaged tooth. This cap allows the tooth to function again, giving it its natural shape back and restoring its strength. This form-fitting cap covers the entire tooth, protecting it while simultaneously making it look better too.
Why Do You Need One?
Most people choose to get a dental crown after a tooth has been damaged, either from decay or injury. Some people, however, elect to get a crown to fix cosmetic issues, like misshapen or discoloured teeth. Although today it is more common to fix cosmetic issues with conservative approaches, like porcelain veneers.
If your tooth has been cracked or severely worn over time, or if a filling is failing to stay put, chances are your dentist will recommend you get a crown. Getting a root canal is another reason you might get a crown as it protects the tooth root.
The Dangers of Waiting to get a Dental Crown
While few people, if any, look forward to getting a dental crown, it’s important not to delay the procedure. Waiting too long can lead to serious issues, even tooth loss, which will result in more money needing to be spent on future procedures. If you’ve gotten a root canal, getting a crown as soon as possible can help prevent cracks and fractures that are both painful and expensive.
The Ins and Outs of Standard Dental Crown Procedure
A typical dental crown procedure takes several appointments and lots of hours spent travelling back and forth and sitting in the waiting room. The first appointment allows the dentist to prepare the tooth for fitting by grinding and reshaping your tooth perfectly to accommodate the crown. During the second appointment, the crown is placed.
Why the wait?
Standard procedures need time to create a crown that fits your tooth perfectly, which can lead to several days, sometimes weeks, between visits. Once your tooth mould has been made at your first dentist appointment, it needs to be sent to a speciality laboratory for the appropriate crown to be made. Once it’s made, you need to schedule your second appointment to have it placed. During this wait time, you are usually given a temporary crown to make sure no additional damage is done to the tooth.
This traditional method is not ideal for people who are in need of getting a crown quickly or for those who are short on time.
But that has all changed.
Why New Technological Advances Make It Better
With the latest advances in technology, dentists can improve the entire process of getting a crown from start to finish. Many dental practices have adopted cutting-edge procedures that implement CAD and CAM, which stands for Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing, respectably.
What does this mean?
In short, the procedure is much faster, which means you can get back to your life quicker than ever.
This new technology is helping people change the way they feel about going to the dentist, make the process easier, quicker, less uncomfortable and much less of a hassle.
At TL Dental, we use the latest CEREC technology to provide our patients with same day crowns – a breakthrough in the world of dentistry. This German created technology, the product of thirty years of careful testing and innovation, allows us to create a digital image of your tooth, which is then used to make the custom crown for your tooth seamlessly. This digital process uses a high-speed camera, which means that the dentist no longer needs to create an impression, a procedure that typically causes discomfort and triggers a strong gag reflex.
And it’s all done right here in our office, on the same day as your first visit.
Not only does this mean less headache for you, but it avoids you having to get a crown placed twice. With CEREC there’s no need for a temporary crown! The result of CEREC crowns is a completely natural looking and feeling tooth. No one will ever know that you have it.
What’s The Cost of a Dental Crown?
These custom same day dental crowns typically cost around $1450, a competitive price nationally. With the help of your health fund, it is likely that at least some of this cost will be covered.
Want to know more?
We’re happy to help you learn about the latest technology for crown procedures. We can even give you an estimate for the work after considering your level of health cover.
There’s no time to wait when you need a dental crown. Call us today on (02) 6583 4055 to find out if a same-day crown procedure is the right fit for you. Ask us about our no deposit, interest-free dental payment plans so that you can get the care you need now.