We offer all our patients comprehensive, compassionate dental care. One of the many treatments we offer is porcelain dental crowns, which are small tooth-shaped caps fabricated from porcelain before being placed over a severely decayed or damaged tooth. When it comes to dental crowns, there are a few different approaches we offer our patients.
One of these approaches is offering traditional dental crowns, which are fabricated by a dental laboratory and take about 1-2 weeks and multiple dental appointments to complete. Another method is our same day dental crowns, which can be fabricated in our office while you wait. In addition to how long the fabrication process takes, another main difference between these two approaches is that traditional dental crowns require the use of a temporary dental crown, while same day crowns do not.
Did You Know?
Porcelain crowns are popular because they resemble your natural teeth while also being highly durable and stain resistant. Having a porcelain crown placed will result in a natural-looking and long-lasting smile.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for a dental crown?
You may be a candidate for a dental crown if a significant portion of your tooth has been damaged or decayed. Additionally, dental crowns are also commonly placed right after having a root canal. Finally, dental crowns are also used for cosmetic reasons, such as to improve the tooth’s appearance or bite alignment. To determine if you are an ideal candidate for a dental crown and to find out the type of crown that works best for you, schedule a consultation with Sedation Dental Care at Raleigh Smile Center today.
What can I expect when having a dental crown placed?
Your expectations for having a crown placed will vary slightly depending on the type of crown you decide upon. With that being said, the procedure is relatively similar. For both traditional and same day crowns, you will first need to have the affected tooth prepared by removing any damaged or decayed tissue and then reshaping the remaining tissue. Then, a dental impression will be taken and either sent to our in-office milling machine or a dental laboratory.
At this point, the next steps will depend on the crown you chose. If you chose a traditional crown, then your dentist will place a temporary crown and you will return in 1-2 weeks to have the permanent crown placed. If you choose a same day crown, then your permanent crown will be fabricated while you wait and placed as soon as it has been completed.
Can dental sedation be used?
Yes! Dental sedation, also known as anxiety-free dentistry, is ideal for individuals who have dental anxiety, a sensitive gag reflex, or for those who simply want to relax during their dental procedure. Your dental sedation options include:
- Nitrous Oxide
- Oral & IV Sedation
- General Anesthesia