A tooth that has suffered significant damage due to decay or trauma may need to receive a dental crown so that it can look good and function well again. A crown is a durable cap that is custom-made to fit over the entire visible portion of a tooth (everything above the gum line). Crown fabrication usually takes place in a dental laboratory. These days, however, a much more convenient alternative is available: same-day crowns made right here at Comprehensive Dental Associates of Central Connecticut.
If you were receiving a traditional crown, the next step would be for us to take an impression (mold) of your teeth with a special putty-like material. Then, the impression would serve as the basis for creating a model on which to create the crown. With a same-day crown, however, your teeth are simply given a light dusting of reflective powder. Then, we use a small scanning wand attached to a computer to take digital pictures inside your mouth. In mere seconds, the computer generates a highly detailed, three-dimensional model of your teeth. But it gets even better.
With the help of our advanced CAD/CAM software, we will design your crown while you wait. We can even use the software to create a mirror-image twin of the same tooth on the other side of your mouth, which will help us produce symmetrical, natural-looking results. Then, a block of dental ceramic material is chosen in a shade that most closely matches your natural tooth enamel. The computer's digital design gets transmitted to a milling machine, which carves the crown from the ceramic block in just a few minutes.
After we double-check the crown’s fit, and any necessary cosmetic enhancements have been made to the crown's surface (glazing and staining, for example), we will permanently attach the crown to your tooth. And that is it! The process is in stark contrast to one that comes with a traditional crown, which would require you to wear a temporary restoration for several weeks while the permanent crown was being fabricated at the lab.
We are proud to have same-day crown technology at Comprehensive Dental Associates of Central Connecticut right here in East Hartford. We may be able to restore your damaged tooth and improve your smile’s appearance in a single appointment!