If a tooth gets damaged because of injury, wear or decay, it can affect the original shape of the tooth and how it fits against other teeth. Single visit crowns from Alpine Dental mean that you can get in and out quickly with all your dental work done instead of having to schedule multiple visits.

What is a Crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is cemented onto the original tooth. When something causes the original tooth to change its shape, whether by accident or if the dentist must remove some of the tooth due to decay, a crown is the answer. Crowns can also be used to fit over discolored teeth, weak teeth and more.

What are Crowns Made Of?

Crowns can be made from different materials, like porcelain or ceramic, stainless steel, gold alloy and resin. At Alpine Dental, we like to use porcelain because of its natural coloring and strength. For more traditional crowns, stainless steel, resin or gold alloy are also used. All these materials are long-lasting and durable.

Why are Single Visit Crowns Better?

For a traditional crown, patients would have to make a mold of their tooth and wait several days for the crown to be made in a lab. When the crown was shipped back, the patient would have to make a second appointment to fit the crown and finish the work. This outdated method results in multiple visits and a lot of discomfort. At Alpine Dental, we offer single visit crowns to save you time and give you maximum comfort.

CEREC (Chair-side Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEramic REConstruction) is a dental restoration product that allows us to produce an indirect ceramic dental restoration using a variety of computer assisted technologies, including 3D photography and CAD/CAM. With CEREC, your tooth can be restored to as good as new, all in a single sitting.

What are the Steps in Getting a Crown?

Getting a single visit crown takes 5 steps:

  1. A scan is taken of your natural tooth
  2. The data is sent to a special machine that constructs the crown out of the ceramic, right in our office
  3. The dentist shapes the natural tooth to fit the crown by grinding down the damaged or decayed portions.
  4. The crown is cemented to the natural tooth
  5. The dentist makes sure the new crown fits properly and may make minor adjustments to its shape

We invite you to experience pain-free dentistry in our conveniently located Farmington office.

You’re welcome to set up an appointment by calling us at 801-451-7812.