It’s that time again. Your car needs an oil change, so you take it to your regular place.
The attendant explains that they will be able to drain your old oil and replace the filter, but they can only give you temporary oil today. If you come back in a few weeks, they will be able to complete the oil change.
How would you feel if that happened?
Something similar does happen in dentistry when patients get dental crowns. At some offices, it takes multiple visits to complete this process.
But not at Forever Young Dentistry in Sterling Heights, MI. We can complete your dental crown procedure in a single appointment.
Keep reading to learn how.
A dental crown is a replacement for the natural crown of a tooth that has been damaged in some way, perhaps as the result of a trauma to your mouth or because of tooth decay.
Our dental crowns are made of porcelain so they look, feel, and function like real teeth. They are also durable, so you can trust them to last for several years.
Today, we use the Planmeca Fit System. This is a change from our previous CEREC crowns. We made the change because we are convinced that the Planmeca system is the best option for you, our patients.
Dental Crown Procedure
If you come to our office to get a dental crown, we will start by reshaping your problem tooth.
If it is chipped, broken, or severely worn down, we will remove the weakened parts of that tooth. If your tooth is decayed, we will remove all the decayed sections. The healthy part will be reshaped into an abutment.
While you wait, our on-site milling machine will precisely form a piece of porcelain into the shape of a tooth that will blend in with the rest of your smile. People who didn’t know you were getting a crown may realize that one of your teeth isn’t completely natural.
It’s that simple. You come in with a problematic tooth, and you leave with a restored tooth and a revived smile.
Now, let’s compare what we described above with what you can expect at some other dentist offices.
The process will start the same. The dentist will remove the damaged or decayed portions of your tooth. The remaining tooth will be formed into an abutment.
So far, so good, but here’s where things get more complicated.
The dentist will need to order your dental crown from a lab. It may take weeks to get your permanent replacement crown to be delivered so you can have it bonded to your tooth.
In the meantime, the dentist will place a temporary crown over your tooth. While you wait, you will hope that the temporary crown doesn’t come loose, fall off, or break.
One the permanent crown is ready, you will make a second appointment to have it bonded where it needs to be.
The oil change scenario we described was meant to be an analogy, but this is the way dental crowns are placed at many dentist offices.
Your Teeth And Your Time Are Important
If you ever need a dental crown, you will want it as soon as you can get it.
Having a chipped, broken, or decayed tooth can be embarrassing. It may leave you feeling self-conscious about your teeth and too ashamed to smile.
We want to make the process as easy and as efficient as it can be for our patients. We know that you have lots of things you would rather do than come to the dentist, so we don’t want to keep you here any longer than necessary.
We also don’t want you to have to make multiple appointments and potentially take more time off work or away from your family. Instead, we have invested in the equipment that will allow us to complete the process in one day.
Get Your Crown Sooner
We enjoy spending time with all our patients. We hope we get to see you at least twice a year for routine cleanings and examinations.
If you do need to see us for restorative care, please know that we know that your time is valuable. This is why we offer same-day dental crowns. You won’t need to wait longer than you should to get your crown, and you won’t need to waste your time driving back and forth to our office more than necessary to complete the procedure.