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The Benefits Of Same Day Crowns

When your life is busy, it can be difficult to find time to take care of your smile, particularly if fixing the problem requires more than one visit to the dentist. Same-day crowns offered by your Provo, UT, dentists at Provo Dental, Dr. Gary Wiest and Dr. Kevin Wiest, can make your life a little easier.

How same-day crowns work

In the past, crowns were made by a dental laboratory. Your dentist sent the laboratory an impression of your mouth that became the mold for your restoration. During your first crown appointment, your dentist took the impression and reduced the size of your tooth. About two weeks later, you returned to the office to receive your new crown.

There's no need for a dental laboratory with same-day crowns. The Provo, UT, dental office now has a special machine that can make your new crown on-site. After your dentist designs your crown on a computer, he sends the design to the milling machine. The machine creates and shapes your crown by removing layers from a block of ceramic or resin. Crowns can usually be created by the machine in 30 minutes or less.

The advantages of same-day crowns

Same-day crowns can:

  • Save You Time: You won't have to use extra hours from your paid time off or disrupt your busy schedule when you only need one appointment to get a new dental crown.
  • Improve Comfort: Dental putty offers an effective way to make impressions for porcelain crowns, although the process can be uncomfortable. The putty-filled tray must be held against your teeth for three minutes or longer, which can trigger gagging in some people. Thanks to the digital impressions used with same-day crowns, discomfort is no longer a problem.
  • Eliminate the Need for Temporary Crowns: Temporary crowns were used to cover prepared teeth until the permanent crowns were ready. Because the crowns weren't meant to last a long time, you had to avoid foods that could loosen or damage the temporary restorations. Fortunately, same-day crowns have made temporary crowns unnecessary.

Are you ready to make an appointment for same-day crowns at the Provo, UT, dental office? Call (801) 374-8205 to reach Dr. Gary or Kevin Wiest at Provo Dental.

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