When a tooth is damaged or has more decay than can be repaired with a dental filling, a crown is used to restore its strength, function, and appearance. In the past, the process of getting a dental crown involved at least two visits to the dentist with a few weeks wait in between while your crown was being fabricated by a dental laboratory. With same day crowns, you only need a single appointment to restore your tooth. Here’s what you need to know about the cost of same day crowns in Nassau County.
What Is a Same Day Crown?
Before we talk about the fee, let’s talk about what it means to get a same day crown.
Same day crowns are made right here in our office using CAD and CAM technology. The process starts with an intraoral camera that captures three-dimensional images of your tooth. These images let us create a restoration that matches your original tooth’s shape and size to ensure that your crown interacts as it should with surrounding teeth.
Next, your tooth is prepared for your crown by removing all of the damaged tooth structure. Once this is complete, another digital impression is taken, which ensures that your crown fits securely onto the prepared tooth.
We use these digital impressions to design your crown using sophisticated software that models your teeth, jaw, and bite. We then send the design to our in-office milling machine, which uses a block of tooth-colored ceramic material to fabricate your crown. This crown is bonded to the prepared tooth and your restoration is complete. The entire process takes about two hours.
The Cost of Same Day Crowns in Nassau County
The out-of-pocket cost of same day crowns in Nassau County ranges between $500 and $2,000. Fees are usually partially covered by dental insurance, which often covers same day crowns the same way that they would traditional dental crowns. The exact cost depends on the complexity of your case.
Because same day crowns are faster than traditional dental crowns, you might expect this speed to come at a premium, but same day crowns actually cost about the same as a traditional crown. The price is comparable because only one appointment is needed and there is no outside laboratory involved.
Advantages of Same Day Crowns
At this point, many patients wonder, “What’s the catch? If same day crowns are faster than traditional crowns and cost the same, are they lower quality?”
Rest assured, same day crowns are just as durable as traditional crowns. Today’s same day crown technology makes these restorations realistic and strong. They’re a great choice for almost all patients.
It’s also important to note that making the process of getting a crown faster isn’t just about convenience—it reduces the risk of complications too. During the waiting period between having your tooth prepared and having your permanent crown placed, you’d be given a temporary crown, which has the potential to loosen, fall out, damage adjacent teeth, or leave your prepared tooth vulnerable to decay. Same day crowns eliminate the need for a temporary restoration, making them a healthier option.