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Ask the Dentist: Benefits of same-day crowns


In the ever-evolving landscape of dental technology, same-day crowns have emerged as a game-changing solution, revolutionizing the traditional approach to dental restorations. This innovative method, often facilitated by technologies like CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics), brings forth a host of benefits that significantly impact both dental professionals and patients alike.

Immediate restoration

One of the most prominent advantages of same-day crowns is the ability to provide immediate restoration for damaged or compromised teeth. Traditionally, the process of obtaining a dental crown involved multiple appointments, with the patient wearing a temporary crown while waiting for the permanent one to be fabricated in an external laboratory. Same-day crowns eliminate this waiting period, allowing patients to leave the dental office with a fully restored tooth on the same day the procedure is initiated.

Minimized chairside time

Same-day crowns drastically reduce the chairside time required for the entire restoration process. With conventional crown procedures, patients would typically need to visit the dentist multiple times for impressions, fittings, and the final placement of the crown. Same-day crown technology, often integrated with CAD/CAM systems like CEREC, streamlines the process into a single appointment. This not only saves time for both the patient and the dental professional but also minimizes disruptions to the patient’s daily routine.

Digital impressions and precision

Same-day crown procedures frequently leverage digital impression technology, such as intraoral scanners like Primescan. Digital impressions provide a highly accurate and detailed representation of the patient’s dentition, eliminating the discomfort associated with traditional impression materials. The precision afforded by digital impressions ensures that the same-day crown fits seamlessly, contributing to optimal functionality and aesthetics.

Patient convenience and comfort

The convenience of same-day crowns extends beyond the immediate restoration to the overall patient experience. Patients appreciate the efficiency and reduced chairside time, eliminating the need for multiple visits and the inconvenience of wearing temporary crowns. The digital workflow associated with same-day crowns often involves minimal discomfort, enhancing the overall comfort of the dental experience.

Reduced risk of complications

Same-day crowns contribute to a reduction in the risk of complications associated with temporary crowns. Traditional methods required patients to wear temporary crowns for an extended period, increasing the likelihood of issues such as dislodgement, sensitivity, or damage. With same-day crowns, the need for temporary restorations is eliminated, reducing the potential for complications during the interim period.

Customization and aesthetics

Same-day crown technologies, especially those integrated with CAD/CAM systems, allow for precise customization of the restoration. Dental professionals can digitally design crowns that match the natural anatomy and color of the patient’s teeth, ensuring a harmonious and aesthetically pleasing result. The ability to create customized restorations on the same day enhances both the functional and cosmetic aspects of the dental restoration.

Same-day crowns represent a transformative approach to dental restorations, bringing unparalleled speed and convenience to both patients and dental professionals.

As technology continues to advance, the integration of same-day crown solutions into dental practices showcases a commitment to providing efficient, high-quality, and patient-centric care in the field of restorative dentistry.

Dr. Michael Dolynchuk is a General Dentist practicing in Caroline and Red Deer.