Dental procedures, particularly indirect restorations, often take more than one visit to the dentist and plenty of waiting time in between trips. Crowns and dentures take time to make in the dental lab before they can be fitted. During dental implant placement, patients must wait for wounds to heal completely before permanent crowns can be installed.
After taking out the decayed parts of the tooth or after the tooth has been filed down, the dentist puts a temporary protective covering over the cavity to keep bacteria at bay. The patient is advised to take extra care and avoid chewing with the afflicted tooth. The problem with indirect restorations is that patients with busy schedules may not have time to go back to the dentist. Some may think that the temporary covering is good enough to keep teeth functional.
Patients who are likely to get side-tracked from their second dental visit have two options: Teeth in a Day and Teeth in an Hour. While there’s little difference between the two in terms of time span, both are efficient procedures that install dental crowns in one appointment—come in the morning and leave the same day with permanent teeth.
Teeth in a Day and Teeth in an Hour use CAD/CAM technology that lets dentists make accurate impressions of the patient’s teeth and surrounding structures. The impressions are sent to a milling machine that makes the crown from a piece of porcelain or composite resin. Permanent crowns are made while you wait, and the dentist installs them once they’re ready.
Only certain clinics have the necessary equipment and qualified dentists to perform quick implant procedures like Teeth in a Day and Teeth in an Hour. If you want to learn more about time-saving dental procedures, call or visit your Santa Cruz implant dentist today. Dr. Matiasevich, Jr. has been restoring teeth with dental implants since 2000.