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Momma Likes One-Visit Crowns!

Most moms want things done right the first time. Moms like things done quickly, perfectly and conveniently. Moms love to move down their To-DO List, check items off and not have to go back and do them again.
In the past, children who needed crowns on adult teeth were treated in stages. First a stainless steel crown was placed on a permanent tooth until the child was done growing, then as an adult, the crown could be replaced with a permanent crown. As a dentist, I’ve replaced many of these “ugly silver crowns” that even I got when I was a kid.
Today, there is a faster and newer technology that allows dentists to do this technique right the first time. Instead of placing an “ugly silver crown” and waiting until growth is done, now dentists can place permanent white porcelain crown on a child in most situations with one visit. One-Visit CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Milling) crowns have a different design than older, traditional crowns. In Natural Dental Products the past the edge of a traditional crown was placed slightly below the gum line – which can change location as a child grows and start to show the unsightly edge of the older crown. With One Visit Crowns, the edge of the crown can be placed mid-tooth, with an excellent result and longevity. The porcelain white One-Visit crown continue to match as the tooth erupts and the gum line changes and as the child grows.
Traditional crowns usually take a minimum of two appointments. The patient would have to go through the unruly process of the tooth being anesthetized, prepared for the crown, having an impression taken and a temporary crown placed during the first visit. The permanent traditional crown Why Do We Get Toothaches is placed at a second visit after it is made in a laboratory. During the second visit, the temporary crown is removed, temporary cement is cleaned off of the prepared tooth and the permanent crown is placed. Sometimes it is also necessary to get numb for the second appointment.
A CAD/CAM crown can be made and placed during just one visit; the reason why so many dentists call them One-Visit crowns. The tooth is prepared, an image is taken; the crown is designed and placed – usually in about an hour. This is an amazing process that takes less stress on the child and mom.
For your child or yourself, the convenience of modern dentistry can make your visit to the dentist quicker, safer, easier and more convenient.
Next time you visit the dentist ask your Dentist about One-Visit crowns. Now, all you Mom’s out there can check one more item off your To-Do list and maybe that trip to Disneyland will actually happen this year.