One Visit Crowns and How They Work

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Our patients often become so accustomed to particular treatments, that they are surprised when we present new and better alternatives. An example of this is the one visit crowns that we offer.

The standard procedure for patients receiving dental crowns typically required two or more visits to complete. Our Huntington Beach cosmetic dentist would make any repairs to the tooth then create an impression for the dental technicians. For the short term, patients would wear temporary crowns to protect the vulnerable tooth until the permanent crown arrived. The permanent crown would arrive at our office usually about two weeks after an impression went to the dental lab. The patient would then receive their new permanent crown.

Our one-visit crowns serve the same purpose as crowns made in dental labs, and the material is also durable porcelain made to match your tooth color. The biggest difference is the time and effort you will save by getting one visit crowns.

The procedure is similar to regular crowns. Your tooth gets anesthetic, so you feel no pain then our dentist repairs the tooth or cleans away decayed tissue. The process differs from regular crowns at this point in the procedure. Instead of making an impression and fitting a temporary crown, our dentist uses a small scanner to create an image of the tooth. The image goes to a special milling unit located in our office. The machine relies on computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to use the images and create your crown.

Your new crown comes from a single block of porcelain and is built to be a perfect fit. Once the CAD/CAM machine creates your tooth, our dentist double checks the fit and then permanently attaches the crown to your tooth. Once your crown is secure, the procedure is complete.

Our patients love the fact that all the steps to getting a dental crown fit into a single, convenient visit. Patients also appreciate the fact that they receive the same high-quality product that would typically take two visits and several weeks to get.

If you would like to learn more about one visit crowns or wonder if they might be a good option for you, please contact our office. Our staff can give you more information about the treatment or set up a no-obligation consultation with our dentist so you can find out more.

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How Are Crowns Made?

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Dental crowns are a common treatment many of our patients need at one time or another. Crowns are an excellent way to improve the structure and the look of a tooth while protecting the delicate root beneath.

Aside from necessitating multiple visits for treatment, the thing our patients say is the biggest drawback about getting crowns is the time spent waiting on the new crown to arrive from the dental lab so the temporary crown can go.

This is why our cosmetic dentist is pleased to offer one visit crowns. These crowns are every bit as well made and aesthetically pleasing as the crowns made in the offsite dental lab. However, because of advances in Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM), you only need a single office visit.

The same day crowns made in our office, allow our dentist to cultivate perfection in one visit. A machine designs the crown based on schematics received from the scans our dentist takes of the tooth that needs repair. After completing the design, a milling machine uses the information to carve your crown from a single piece of porcelain.

The procedure for getting a crown made on the same day is not much different than the traditional method of getting a crown.
You start out with an examination and general health questions. The process for one visit crowns is quite straightforward.

• Anesthetize the area around the tooth
• Carefully clear away any decaying tissue
• Re-shape the remainder of the healthy tooth, so the crown fits
• Use a special device to create a digital impression of your tooth. This will be the basis for the crown design
• Send the information to our in-house lab technician who creates your crown from a single block of porcelain
• Test the fit of the crown and make any necessary adjustments
• Secure your new crown in place
• Smooth and polish your crown

Patients love having their crown complete in a single office visit. If you would like more information about our same day dentistry, please call our office.

Steps in Getting a Porcelain Dental Crown

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Dental crowns are one of the most common cosmetic and restorative treatments needed today. They have several uses, specifically to cover aesthetically displeasing teeth and when severe decay has developed. Our cosmetic dentist in Orange County uses porcelain crowns in most cases.

There are three main steps in getting porcelain crowns:

1. Prep
It is necessary for our dentist to numb the area beforehand. Once it is numb, the tooth will be shaped in order to support the restoration. This means that a thin layer of enamel and any diseased tissue is removed.
2. Design
Images and impressions are taken of the affected tooth, which are then sent to a milling machine. Thanks to modern technology, these machines are able to create precise restorations that fit perfectly into the teeth. A temporary crown can be placed until the permanent one is ready.
3. Placement
Your new crown can be place easily and comfortably on your tooth. A special dental cement is used to ensure it remains in place.

Our dentist will provide instructions for keeping your new crown strong, and the tooth underneath healthy. It should be cleaned twice a day just as carefully as your natural teeth. You will also need to return for check-ups and cleanings at least once every six months.