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By Edward C. Smith, DMD, MPH, LLC
September 18, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Same Day Crowns  
Same Day Crown ImageWe live in a world where our time is as valuable—if not more valuable—than our dollars. Lately, both seem to be in high demand and in ever-dwindling supply. When you’re caught up in the hustle and bustle, sometimes it can be hard to remember to care for your teeth, and when emergencies happen, it can be almost impossible to get the care you need without compromising your other obligations and plans.

When Waiting For A Crown Is Not An Option

A lot of dental procedures occur over the span of several visits, forcing patients to rearrange their lives just to receive proper medical attention. Columbus dentist, Dr. Edward C. Smith, along with many other modern-day dental health professionals, is working hard to make getting the care you need less of a burden, especially when it comes to dental restoration procedures. He understands that in an emergency situation, waiting for a replacement crown just isn’t an option.
Affordable crown replacement procedures—which usually take several weeks to complete—can now happen in one visit with Edward D. Smith, DMD. Same-day dental bridges and crowns are now available for Columbus, GA patients in need of emergency tooth restoration.

How Do Same-day Crowns Work?

Essentially, the procedure for implementing same-day crowns is almost exactly what you’d expect from a normal crown replacement procedure, save the long wait and multiple dental office visits.
First, we will take a digital impression of your mouth using a laser scanner. From that impression, we’ll cast a dental crown to fit over your damaged tooth. Before dentists were able to create customized crowns in-office, the first crown applied would have likely been temporary. After several weeks of waiting for a dental lab to return the permanent crown, a patient would return for a second visit to complete the procedure. With same-day crowns, there are no temporary crowns or long wait periods; everything is finalized in one visit.
Our design and rendering technology allows us to be extremely precise with the measurements and shape of each crown we make. Once we know the crown or bridge will fit perfectly, we will bond it to the natural tooth permanently. These crowns are every bit as sturdy as traditional crowns and are guaranteed to keep your smile looking great. With proper care, your same-day crowns will last a lifetime.

Call Dr. Smith For Your Same Day Crown

To find out more about affordable same day crowns in the Columbus, GA area, call (706) 494-5886 today!
Did you get a same day crown? How was your experience with it, we would love to hear your feedback!
By Edward C. Smith, DMD, MPH, LLC
November 25, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   Columbus  
Cosmetic Dentist Columbus GA VeneersIf you smile doesn’t live up to what you desire, talk to Dr. Edward Smith, our dentist serving Columbus, for proper diagnosis and treatment planning with dental veneers. Whether your teeth are chipped, discolored, worn down or crooked, veneers can be used to mask your dental blemishes. 
Dental veneers are special thin laminates that are a form of cosmetic dentistry, and also work to protect the surface of your damaged teeth, which can even eliminate the need for more extensive treatments.  Other benefits of veneers include:
  • Durability
  • Improved smile appearance
  • Little-to-no removal of tooth structure
It is important to understand that the removal of any natural tooth structure is permanent, which makes your decision to undergo treatment in Columbus with veneers important. As a Columbus dentist, Dr. Smith prefers to offer patients the most minimally invasive options first before choosing veneers.  If your natural teeth are functionally and esthetically adequate, dental veneers may not be an appropriate treatment for you.  However, if your teeth are severely discolored, then your treatment options may include porcelain veneers or composite veneers. 

Caring for Your Veneers

After your veneer procedure, it is important to practice proper care in order to help your veneers last as long as possible.  Care must be taken to not abuse your veneers because the thin porcelain shells or composite layers can be damaged or broken. Dr. Edward Smith will also advise you against certain uses or dietary tendencies, such as eating carrots or chewing on ice, and may recommend that you wear a protective appliance while you are sleeping if you grind your teeth. 
If you are interested in significantly altering the appearance of your smile, and teeth whitening has not worked, talk to Dr. Edward Smith, Columbus cosmetic dentist, for further diagnosis and to find out if veneers are an appropriate treatment for your smile.