Dowd Family Dentistry
309 McArthur Road
Fayetteville, NC 28311

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Posts for: January, 2015

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
January 28, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Yes, you brush your teeth every day. But how much do you really know about this important habit? Test your knowledge with our quiz on dental vocabulary.

Choose the correct meaning for:

  1. Oral Hygiene
    1. Clean language
    2. The practice of keeping your teeth and gums clean
    3. A shade of lipstick
    4. A type of dental surgery
  2. Biofilm
    1. A movie about a person’s life, such as “Ray Charles”
    2. A new kind of cling wrap
    3. An accumulation of bacteria that forms a whitish, sticky film
    4. A tooth whitener
  3. Dental plaque
    1. A type of instrument used to clean teeth
    2. Bacteria that accumulate on teeth and gums
    3. An award given at the Dental Oscar ceremony
    4. Your dentist’s framed diploma
  4. Inflammation
    1. The body’s response to harmful bacteria
    2. A condition in which your gums become red and swollen and bleed easily
    3. A cause of gingivitis
    4. All of the above
  5. Periodontal disease
    1. Any disease caused by bacteria
    2. Tooth decay
    3. Whitish sores on the lips
    4. Gum disease caused by dental plaque
  6. Disclosants
    1. Simple dyes that can stain plaque and make it visible
    2. Television reality shows
    3. Dental x-rays
    4. A section of your annual tax report
  7. Gingivitis
    1. Any infection in the oral area
    2. Tooth decay
    3. Inflammation of the gums that can lead to periodontal disease
    4. All of the above
  8. Dental caries
    1. Gum disease
    2. A task carried out during your teeth cleaning
    3. A technique of orthodontia
    4. Tooth decay
  9. Fluoride
    1. A mineral that has been found to prevent tooth decay
    2. The location of a famous dental school
    3. A gasoline additive
    4. A type of house paint
  10. Inter-dental Area
    1. Referring to the area between your teeth
    2. The area regular proper flossing will keep clean
    3. Area that wood points and specially designed brushes can be used to clean
    4. All of the above

Answers: 1. b, 2. c, 3. b, 4. d, 5. d, 6. a, 7. c, 8. d, 9. a, 10. d

How did you do on our quiz? The more you know about keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy, the better you will look and feel. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions about oral hygiene. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor article, “Oral Hygiene Behavior.”


Here's an interesting tidbit of information on Wheel of Fortune host Vanna White: like many people, she grinds her teeth at night. In a detailed interview with Dear Doctor magazine, Vanna explained how she had to replace a filling in a back tooth several times because of her grinding habit. Eventually, she had her dentist make her a nightguard to protect her famous smile.

“I really try to sleep with it every night,” Vanna told the magazine. “I try to keep it on my nightstand so when I go to bed, I remember to put it in. Or I will put it by my toothbrush so I can put it in after brushing my teeth at night.”

The habit of teeth grinding or clenching is often associated with stress and/or sleep deprivation. It is referred to as “parafunctional” (“para” – outside, “function” – normal), meaning it can generate biting forces well outside the normal range — perhaps 10 times normal. This excessive force can affect many areas of the oral system. Teeth may become worn, chipped or loose; jaw joints or muscles can go into spasm; and some grinders (or “bruxers” as they are also called) may even experience discomfort of the head, ears, neck or back. Many times, a person with a grinding habit does not become aware of it until it is pointed out by a sleep partner or dental professional.

Like Vanna White's dentist, we often recommend a nightguard to those with nocturnal bruxing habits. It is made of a very thin, wear-resistant plastic that fits over the biting surfaces of the upper teeth only. The lower teeth are then free to glide or skate over the guard, which prevents them from biting into the upper teeth. Some people wear their guards during the day if they tend to clench their teeth when under stress.

If you are concerned about teeth grinding or interested in learning more about nightguards, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. If you would like to read Dear Doctor's entire interview with Vanna White, please see “Vanna White.” Dear Doctor also has more on “Stress & Tooth Habits.”