A dental crown is used to give strength to a tooth that has been weakened by injury or decay. A crown can also be used to make a cosmetic improvement to a tooth that is discolored or misshapen. It used to be that two visits were required in order to have a crown placed. On the first visit, the tooth was prepared, impressions were taken and then sent to the lab, and a temporary crown was then placed. A recent development in modern dentistry now allows dentists to place crowns in just one visit.
The first step is that the tooth in question is prepared so that it can be fit with a crown. Next, the dentist uses a special tool to digitally scan the tooth. The data is then sent to a computer that is connected to a milling machine. The milling machine uses the data to carve a crown out of a block of porcelain. Once the crown has been manufactured, it is placed onto the prepared tooth at the same visit. As a result, there is no need for the patient to return for a second visit.
If your tooth is in need of a crown and you would rather not do it over the course of two visits, contact our expert in same day crowns in Agoura Hills to schedule a consultation.