With traditional crowns, patients need to see a dentist multiple times, first for evaluation and then later to be fitted with the crown after it has been crafted by a dental lab and returned to the provider. The process of creating the crown can take a few weeks, during which time you’ll be waiting with an incomplete smile.
With Planmeca, the dentist still collects all of the information necessary to design the crown, but this is done via a digital intraoral scan, which is then processed by specialized software, which relays the specs of the dental crown to a chairside milling unit. The tooth is prepped for crown placement by removing some enamel so that the crown can be slid on top of the tooth and then bonded to it.
In addition to being speedier, Planmeca Fit also produces porcelain crowns, and this material is more aesthetically pleasing than the metal that is sometime used in dental crowns.
If you need to get a replacement crown for a missing tooth, the process will be slightly different, as you will be fitted with a dental bridge. This is an appliance that uses crowns on surrounding teeth to secure a pontic (artificial crown) that stands in the place of the absent tooth. The placement of the appliance is similar to crown placement, in that enamel must be removed from the abutment teeth to make room for the crown.
Learn more about same-day dental crowns and dental bridges to replace missing teeth by scheduling a consultation at our office today.