Conventional Dental Crowns
Conventional dental crowns require two visits to complete the procedure. At the first visit, the tooth is prepared. Then, we take an impression of the tooth and place a temporary crown over the remaining structure.
The impression is sent to an outside dental lab, which creates a custom crown. The patient returns after a few weeks to have the temporary crown removed and the permanent crown placed.
Same-Day Dental Crowns
Same-day crowns condense this process into one visit by eliminating the need for a dental lab. Instead, a handheld intraoral camera takes a 3D digital impression of the treated tooth. Specialized software converts this image into a computerized 3D model of your tooth, which Dr. Riley and Dr. Gabby use to design your new crown.
Once the custom design is finished, the digital file is transferred to our in-office milling machine. This machine works like a 3D printer and cuts your crown out of a tooth-colored dental zirconia block.
Milling the tooth takes a little time, which you can use to relax. Once the mill finishes your crown, we ensure it fits correctly. We'll make necessary adjustments and cement it just like a lab-made crown. You'll leave the office with your permanent restoration and a more confident smile.