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Modern dentistry offers a great deal of treatment flexibility. Having the choice between traditional dental crowns and Glidewell.io™ crown-in-a-day is one example of this flexibility. 

While traditional dental crowns require multiple appointments, crown-in-a-day is accomplished in just one day, with no sacrifice in strength or integrity. When you visit us at Queen’s Park Dental, your dentist will determine if you qualify for crown-in-a-day versus a traditional dental crown.

While the crown-in-a-day procedure is quick and convenient, it still needs be scheduled in advance. 

Dr. Murphy using Glidewell.io™ software

Crown-In-A-Day or Traditional Dental Crown: What Is the Difference?

By now you will have likely asked yourself whether a traditional dental crown or a crown-in-a-day is right for you. There are a few important differences:

One Visit or More

Traditional crowns are typically created over 1-2 weeks in a dental lab outside of the dental office where they are placed. With the crown-in-a-day procedure at Queen’s Park Dental, we use Glidewell.io™ technology. This fashions the crown in-office (that’s what ‘io’ stands for) while you wait. And yet the entire procedure only takes about two hours, which is pretty remarkable!

BruxZir® NOW or Various Materials

With traditional dental crowns, a wider range of materials like porcelain or metal is available to use, whereas the crown-in-a-day uses BruxZir® NOW, a proprietary zirconia crown from Glidewell.io™. And while the crown-in-a-day is milled and cemented on the same day, traditional dental crowns take two or more visits.

Ready-To-Go or Temporary Crown

With traditional dental crowns, you wear a temporary crown for about 1-2 weeks between your first and second visit. This is how long the new crown takes to make outside of the office. During this time, the temporary crown could break or fall off, while you avoid this entirely with the crown-in-a-day.

One Injection or More

The crown-in-a-day procedure can be favourable for patients who are dentophobic or anxious about dental visits. Since traditional dental crowns take more than one visit to cement, each visit is likely to warrant numbing of the area with an injection. For the anxious patient, crown-in-a-day will require numbing just once.

Glidewell.io™ Mill and Software

What To Expect When Getting a Crown-In-A-Day

The purpose of dental crowns is to restore a tooth’s structure. Cavities, cracks, and fractures can all be restored and replaced with a sturdy crown-in-a-day. So how does the procedure work?

Digital Dentistry Advantages Provided by Glidewell.io™ CAD Cam

It’s a mouthful, but you’re already aware of how digital technology can simplify our lives. This is certainly the case with the crown-in-a-day procedure, empowered by outstanding developments in digital dentistry.

For the patient, a key highlight of digital dentistry is the absence of goop-filled trays to take average impressions. Instead, digital scans of the mouth are taken to produce extremely accurate and high-definition 3D models of the mouth. This is certainly a major highlight of Invisalign’s iTero Scanner and Glidewell.io™ CAD cam system, which is used to make the crown-in-a-day.

The Glidewell.io™ CAD (computer-aided design) Camera system enables the construction of laboratory quality crowns right in the office. At Queen’s Park Dental, we create our Crown-in-a-day using Glidewell.io™ as a part of a comprehensive suite of technologies that design, mill, and deliver strong, aesthetic crowns.

Glidewell.io™ Block and Crown

Your Crown-In-A-Day Visit

The Glidewell.io™ system uses BruxZir® NOW milling blocks made of zirconia to create the crown in-office to precise specifications. Research into best practices for biocompatible dentistry repeatedly highlights zirconia as the most successful tooth-coloured restoration in dental history. The process takes around 30 minutes, producing a crown that is ready to be ‘seated’ without the need for oven curing.

Prepping the Tooth

Much of the crown-in-a-day treatment process is similar to a traditional crown procedure. Your dentist will numb the area around the tooth and begin prepping it for the new crown. The tooth will be reduced in size to accommodate the crown and any damaged areas will be removed.

Digital Impressions

At this stage, digital 3D impressions are taken of the tooth and surrounding areas. Here at Queen’s Park Dental, the Glidewell.io™ CAD communicates the design to Fastmill.io, the milling machine that crafts the BruxZir® NOW milling block into the crown-in-a-day. In 30 minutes, you have a beautiful, strong crown ready to be cemented into place.

From here, cementing the crown-in-a-day is much like the traditional dental crown procedure. You can learn more about the traditional procedure:

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