The days of walking around for at a week or more with temporary crowns while waiting for a permanent replacement are a thing of the past; no more return visits for more prodding, drilling, pasting, shaping, etc. One visit crowns are here!
An estimated 1.2 billion metal filling will need to be replaced in the next ten years.
As traditional fillings age and teeth weaken, additional decay in places not visible to the naked eye can take place.
Crowns are often the preferred replacement method because they are more natural looking than fillings and enhance the appearance of one's teeth.
For years, patients complained about having to walk around with temporary crowns for a week or two while they waited for their permanent crowns to be made in a lab.
Because of this wait, many patients ignored minor tooth problems because the inconvenience and time required for crown replacement.
A new method being used by thousands of dentists worldwide, provides restoration of decayed, weakened and broken teeth to their natural strength and beauty by using an all-ceramic material blended to match a patient's natural tooth color. The new crown is completed in a single appointment, with no return visits to the dentist.
With one office visit, the dentist can prepare the tooth, make impressions, computer generate the crown and bond it in place.
Using computer technology, an optical impression is made of the prepared tooth. Next, the tooth is coated with a non-toxic, tasteless powder, and a digital picture of the tooth is taken. This entire process only takes a minute or two.
Special software converts the tooth impression into a three-dimensional, virtual model on the computer screen.
After some adjustments and a click of a button, the restoration design data is sent to a separate milling machine in the office where a ceramic block matching the patient's tooth color, is placed. About 10-15 minutes later, an all-ceramic, natural tooth-colored crown is finished and ready to bond in place.
The last step is when the dentist places the filling, veneer or crown in the patient's mouth and any final adjustments are made for a proper fit and bite.
The restorative device is then polished and bonded to the prepared tooth -- all in just one appointment.
Using the latest in tooth restoration isn't just convenient; it is also healthy for the patient.
For many years, the only options dentists had to treat destroyed and damaged teeth were to use amalgam, gold or other metals. With the new technology, dentists can use strong, tooth-colored ceramic materials to restore a patient's teeth to their natural strength, beauty and function.
If you've been putting off the dentist because of the time and inconvenience, the excuse is no longer valid.
In just one visit, you can have your teeth and your smile back using state of the art technology.
Kevin L. Norris, D.M.D. and Kipton J. Norris, D.M.D. are graduated from University of Louisville School of Dentistry and are active members of the American Dental Association, Utah Dental Association, & Weber District Dental Society. They currently practice family and cosmetic dentistry at Norris Dental in South Ogden.