There are different types of dental crowns, and choosing between the various types can be difficult. While your dentist should recommend the best type for you, it is helpful to have a good understanding of the two most common types before your visit, which are same-day crowns and traditional dental crowns.
Choosing between same-day and traditional dental crowns
Same-day and traditional dental crowns both offer unique benefits, and one may be preferable to the other in certain situations. This review highlights what same-day dental crowns and traditional crowns are, the pros and cons of each option, and what patients can expect throughout the treatment process.
A review of same-day dental crowns
Same-day dental crowns are made of ceramic material and are created and placed in a single dental visit. Since they are ceramic, rather than metal alloy or porcelain-fused-to-metal, they are not as durable as traditional dental crowns. However, same-day dental crowns are more convenient and work well for teeth that are more visible, although they are also an option for premolars and molars in certain situations.
A review of traditional dental crowns
Traditional dental crowns require a second visit to place the crown. On the first visit, a tooth impression is taken, which is used to create the crown(s) in a lab. Once the impressions return, the patient comes back in to have them placed. There are different types of traditional dental crowns available, which include metal alloy, gold alloy, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and ceramic. Traditional crowns are durable and last longer on average than same-day dental crowns.
The pros and cons of each type of crown
The primary advantage of same-day dental crowns is the ability to have them created and placed in one visit, whereas traditional dental crowns require two or more visits. Traditional dental crowns are offered in more material options, most of which are more durable than same-day dental crowns.
How to decide on the best type of dental crowns
The dentist can make a professional recommendation based on the status of the patient’s oral health and the location of the tooth that needs the dental crown. For patients who prefer a more convenient experience and do not care as much for long-term durability, then a same-day crown may be the best option. Traditional crowns are often necessary for instances where the tooth needs more support and is used more for chewing.
What to expect after the treatment process
The placement process for same-day crowns and traditional crowns is non-invasive. However, the dentist may need to alter the tooth slightly to allow for a proper fit for the crown, and it may require a few days to adjust to the new feel of the tooth.
Discuss both treatment options with our professional dental team
Are you interested in dental crowns to improve your oral health and smile? Our practice offers same-day crowns and traditional dental crowns, and we offer a consultation visit to help you decide which one is best for your needs.
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