Using traditional methods, a tooth restoration involving a dental crown is at least a two-visit process. Wouldn’t it be nice, then, if you could take care of the entire restoration in a single dental visit? As it turns out, you can if you choose to receive a one visit dental crown from your Austin TX dentist, Dr. Steven Van Wicklen. Unlike the traditional workflow in which dentists take molds of their patients’ teeth to send to an off-site lab for the fabrication of the dental crown, your Austin TX dentist makes use of an on-site milling machine to create custom dental crowns for his patients while they wait. With no middle man, the entire process is streamlined, saving you time and worry.
Receiving a One Visit Dental Crown
In order to provide you with a customized dental crown in only a single visit, your Austin TX dentist, Dr. Van Wicklen, utilizes 3D technology and computer design to achieve an accurate and aesthetically pleasing result. To begin the process Dr. Van Wicklen will gather 3D images of your damaged tooth. He will then use the information he gleans from these images to create a dental crown that fits your personal needs. Once he has finished designing your custom crown, Dr. Van Wicklen will send the specifications to an on-site milling machine, which will create your crown out of high-quality materials. Once your crown has been milled, it will be stained and glazed to ensure a realistic and attractive appearance. Following a quality check, Dr. Van Wicklen will then bond the crown in place over your damaged tooth.
The Necessity of Dental Crowns
In addition to improving the appearance of a damaged tooth, dental crowns perform the very important tasks of repairing and strengthening vulnerable teeth. When teeth crack or break, they are left exposed to attack from bacteria, and they are unable to function properly. A hollow, tooth-shaped restoration, a dental crown fits over the top of a damaged tooth, providing it with extra strength and preventing bacteria from gaining access to the vulnerable portions of the tooth. With a dental in place, the tooth can carry out its daily tasks without any problems. However, if an injured tooth is not fitted with a dental crown, its condition may soon deteriorate, necessitating an extraction.
About Dr. Steven Van Wicklen: Dr. Steven Van Wicklen has been serving patients in Austin TX since 1985. New patients can schedule an appointment by calling (512) 448-3131.