Same-Day Crowns and Dental Emergencies – What Is There to Know?
Emergencies exist in dental medicine as well. These are all conditions that require as-soon-as-possible medical help. Broken or cracked tooth, broken jaw, persistent toothache and lost crowns are just a few of the most common [i]dental emergencies that you should never hesitate to call your dentist about. It is because of occurrences as these left untreated bring major health risks [ii]– not only to your oral health but to your health in general, most commonly increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and infection. Today we will discuss everything that you need to know about same-day crowns.
What is there to know about same-day crowns?
Losing your crown or breaking your tooth so that you are in the need for a crown can be an awful experience, keeping you away from eating foods that you enjoy in and activities that fulfil you and instead of having to go through a toothache and the possible risk of an infection and an even a bigger dental problem.
Anyone who has ever gotten a crown placed knows that it takes around two to three visits to the dentist to get a permanent crown placed. But sometimes you do not have the time to wait one or even two, three weeks to get your new crown. That is how the concept of same-day crowns got discovered. Thanks to the constant progress in the technology and the innovation of new, high-quality materials, now we have the opportunity to get high-quality porcelain crowns placed in just one visit without any pain or the need to wait endless hours and even days.
Most professionals who are practicing the same-day crown concept, use the CEREC method [iii]which uses high-quality aesthetic, durable porcelain that is used to produce lasting [iv]ceramic crowns, inlays/onlays, bridges etc. The CEREC method makes same-day crowns possible for each and everyone and not only that – it promises that only high-quality, durable [v]material will be used. Same-day crowns exclude the endless waiting, pain, and suffering of the patient and improve the recovery period with each step forward.
For many people, the idea of a same-day crown might be worrisome. They might think that it will not look as good as a traditional crown. Luckily, there is no need to worry at all. The technology and materials that are used during the application of a same-day crown ensures that the crown will look the same as the rest of your tooth. This ensures that no difference can be seen and it will be like your dental emergency never existed.
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Finding a dentist to do a same-day crown
If you ever find yourself in the need for a same-day crown due to a dental emergency, then the first thing you will notice is that not all dentists offer this convenient service. The truth is, only a few dentists have been trained in delivering same-day crowns and it may be quite difficult for you to find a dentist in your local area that can offer you this service. Additionally, you should also be aware of the fact that most dentists have busy schedules, so being able to squeeze you in for an appointment quickly after you faced the dental emergency may be somewhat of a problem for both you and the dentist.
The best solution to this problem would be to get on the phone right now and start calling around. Being prepared in such an emergency situation will be a lot better for you and will also give you the ability to sort the problem out much faster. For this reason, we recommend getting the number and other important details of a dentist in your area that can help you with a same-day crown ready for such a situation. Make a call to all of the local dentists in your area and see which of them do provide same-day crowns. Create a list of the dentists that offer this service and, whenever a dentist does say yes, ask them how they go about dealing with dental emergencies. Some dentists would be happy to make certain arrangements to give you an opening, even when they are fully booked, should you be facing a dental emergency. It should be noted that this will most likely incur extra costs but, on the other hand, you will be saving your precious smile.
Once you have a list of dentists in your local area that can do same-day crowns and can fit you in when you are facing an emergency, it might be a good idea to do some research on these dentists. The best place to do some research would most likely be Google My Business. Simply search for the dentist in your local area on Google and you’ll be presented with details about their office, as well as reviews from patients who have used the dentist before. It would be a good choice to keep the number of the dentist that seems to have the highest rating here, as you would surely know that they will be able to do a good job whenever you are faced with a broken tooth or another dental emergency that might require a same-day crown.
Emergencies require instant medical help, including the dental emergencies as well. Lost crowns for example or broken teeth require help as soon as possible and when they do, the same-day crown method is the best fit. The same-day crown method will not require you to go back to your dentist’s office over and over again. It will not require you going through pain, hoping for the day when your permanent crown will be placed. Instead, you will get your new crown placed in a matter of few minutes to hours and the whole thing will be done for good. All that you have to do is find a professional who is experienced enough to practice this method and let him/her take care of your dental health.
[ii] Roberts G, Scully C, Shotts R, (2001), Dental emergencies, Western Journal of Medicine 175(1): 51–54
[iii] Sannino G, Germano F, Arcuri L, Bigelli E, Arcuri C, Barlattani A, (2014), CEREC CAD/CAM chairside system, Oral & Implantology 7(3): 57–70
[iv] Zimmer S, Gohlich O, Ruttermann S, Lang H, Raab WH, Barthel CR, (2008), Long-term survival of Cerec restorations: a 10-year study, Operative dentistry 33(5):484-7
[v] Otto T, Schneider D, (2008), Long-term clinical results of chairside Cerec CAD/CAM inlays and onlays: a case series, The International Journal of Prosthodontics 21(1):53-9