The 3-Day Crown Revolution

Feb. 28, 2023

Nearly all dentists were taught to cement crowns two weeks after prepping; however, there is no scientific or clinical rationale for this. Ten years ago, the presenter switched to seating crowns three days after preparing them and noticed a >90% reduction in adjustments and remakes, and decreased the cementation appointment time by 50%. This course explains the rationale and benefits of seating crowns after three days.

Learning Objectives:

• Learn the different types of restorations that allow laboratories to be physically able to deliver 3-day crowns, and what the dentist has to do to make it possible; and which conditions lead to still making the two-week turnaround acceptable.

• Understand why leaving temporary crowns in for two weeks leads to frequent fit issues, and how three-day crowns eliminate these issues; as well as allowing you to not have to give anesthesia on nearly all crown seat appointments, which patients love.

• Learn an easy way to be able to go back to your office and observe your dental assistant see if you would benefit from 3-day crowns.


Dr. Mike DiTolla was the Director of Clinical Education and Research at Glidewell Labs for 15 years and is now in private practice—Valley Dental Esthetics, and lectures on preps, impressions and dental materials.

Dr. Pamela Maragliano-Muniz - Chief Editor of Dental Economics. Dr. Maragliano-Muniz is a board-certified prosthodontist, and she owns a private practice—Salem Dental Arts, and lectures on a variety of clinical topics.

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