Dental crowns often take several days to create. This is due to the fact that the dentist needs to send the order for a crown out to dental services elsewhere. However, there are some dentists that offer same day crowns. You may be wondering how this works since so many other dentists cannot offer this service. Here it is, the whole same day process for dental crowns, from start to finish.
1. Taking a Mold
A mold is taken of your current teeth so that when a crown is made the bite, and your teeth, will fit with the crown perfectly. The dentist may sculpt the mold just a little to make an accommodation of the broken or chipped tooth. Then the mold is set aside until the dentist can enter his/her lab to make the crown.
2. The Affected Tooth Is Ground Down
Next, the dentist will use dental sanding tools to grind down the affected tooth. Because the crown has to go over the top of the whole tooth, it has to be made smaller to fit the crown properly. You will be able to feel with your tongue how much smaller this tooth is after the sanding/grinding process is complete.
3. Another Mold Is Taken
This second mold will help the dentist create the interior cavity of the crown. The interior cavity becomes the part that snaps on over the sanded down tooth. Without this second mold, the dentist cannot place the crown over the tooth because there is no "hole" for the affected tooth to fit into.
4. A Temporary Crown Is Placed
A plastic resin crown is made on the spot. It is a temporary crown that will protect your tooth while the dentist makes the permanent crown. Once that is on and sealed tight, you are allowed to leave for a few hours while the dentist works in his/her lab making the permanent crown.
5. You Return at the End of the Day
Same day crowns require that you have an appointment early in the day, and then return at the end of the day to get the permanent crown. Both of these appointments are scheduled at the same time to ensure that you get same-day service for your crown. The dentist then removes the temporary crown and prepares your tooth for the permanent one. The permanent crown is bonded tightly to your ground tooth. Then it is shaped so that you can bite properly and get dental floss between the crowned tooth and the natural teeth on either side.