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Fayetteville, NC 28311

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By Dowd Family Dentistry
January 29, 2015
Category: Oral Health

When concerned about the health and appearance of a tooth, both patient and dentist desire the strongest and most natural-looking restoration available. While fillings continue to be the treatment of choice for small areas of decay or other damage in a tooth, more extensive cavities and compromise of the nerve within the tooth may need repair with a crown.

The old procedure for crowns

For decades, dental crowns have taken 2 to 3 appointments to complete. Often, the patient has had to wear a temporary crown while the permanent prosthetic was sent to a lab for fabrication. In addition, to obtain a model of the existing tooth, the dentist would take a sometimes uncomfortable, gooey and messy impression.

The new procedure: a single visit crown

Enter the single visit crown. Experts in restorative and cosmetic dentistry now employ innovative dental techniques called CEREC. This stands for Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramics. This dental innovation uses CAD CAM 3-dimensional technology to assist the dentist in preparing, fitting, fabricating and placing a beautiful and super durable porcelain crown over the patient's remaining tooth structure. The procedure literally takes minutes, not days or weeks.

How a one visit crown works

The dentist prepares the patient's tooth, removing the old fillings and any decay. Then, using a LED (light emitting diode) camera, she scans the tooth to obtain an accurate image. Computer software takes this image and designs a 3-dimensional model of the tooth. Finally, a milling machine uses that image to create a strong and durable porcelain crown right in the dental office.

The new crown matches the natural color of the patient's other teeth. The doctor then cements the restoration in place, polishes it and makes some final adjustments for fit and bite. The new crown will last for years and will give the individual the stability and confidence that a great dental restoration provides. Plus, most single visit crowns take about an hour from start to finish, an incredible improvement over the old timeline.

Dowd Family Dentistry

At Dowd Family Dentistry, Tracy Dowd Johnson DDS and Claude Dowd DDS take care of the dental needs of entire families with services which include:

  • one visit crowns
  • cosmetic veneers
  • pediatric dentistry
  • fillings, onlays and inlays
  • whitening
  • dentures
  • dental implants
  • TMJ treatment
  • root canal therapy
  • cleanings and x-rays
  • extractions
  • the most professional and up to date techniques available
  • gentle and caring treatment

Phone our Fayetteville, North Carolina office today to request and appointment. New patients are always welcome. Learn about the many benefits of single visit crowns.

By Dowd Family Dentistry
December 22, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: whitening  

Whitening toothpaste can work--but it does have its limitations. Here is what you need to know.

Some Whitening Toothpastes are More Effective Than Others

Not all whitening toothpastes are created equally. Most toothpastes contain special chemicals that help to break down stains and remove them from the tooth's surface. However, the amount and potency of these chemicals will vary among brands. Furthermore, some whitening toothpastes may only contain a special blue dye which clings to the teeth and only makes them appear less yellow. For a truly white smile, you will likely need to visit a professional cosmetic dentist in Fayetteville, NC, such as Tracy Dowd Johnson, DDS.

Whitening Toothpastes Take Time to Work

Because whitening toothpastes generally contain weaker chemicals than the ones you would receive by visiting a Fayetteville, NC professional cosmetic dentist, you often have to wait longer to see the effects. This can be frustrating and inconvenient if you have an engagement coming up in the near future or if you would like a beautiful smile today.

Most Whitening Toothpastes Can Only Be Used for a Limited Amount of Time

Whitening toothpastes aren't always gentle on the teeth and gums, and as a result, they should only be used for a short amount of time. Use a whitening toothpaste longer than the manufacturer recommends and you risk irritating your gums or even wearing down your tooth enamel. If your teeth have significant discoloration, this limited window may not be long enough to give you the results you want.

Whitening Toothpastes Will Only Help So Much

Furthermore, whitening toothpastes are only effective on mild surface stains. If your teeth are badly stained or if the stain goes deep enough into your teeth, whitening toothpaste may never provide you with the results you need. Visiting a cosmetic dentist in Fayetteville, NC would be a much better option.

While whitening toothpastes may seem cheap and convenient, if your teeth require more thorough whitening, these small tubes may be little more than a waste of your time. For a beautifully white smile you can be proud to show off, call Tracy Dowd Johnson, DDS instead. Along with her knowledgeable and caring staff, Tracy Dowd Johnson will help you achieve a beautiful and sparkling smile you can be proud to show off.