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By Provo Dental
September 23, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Crowns   Same Day Crowns  

Find out the reasons why people are turning to same-day crowns here in Provo, UT.

Dealing with a damaged tooth? Then you’re most likely going to need a dental crown. If you’re not really looking forward to getting a dental crown, rest assured that our Provo, UT, dentists Drs. Gary and Kevin Wiest provide same-day crowns to make getting the restorative dentistry you need even easier. Here are some of the reasons people are smiling again thanks to same-day crowns.

Easy, Mess-free Dental Impressions

When dentists turn to a dental lab to craft traditional crowns, most of the time you’ll need to deal with those standard goopy dental impressions that can be awkward and unpleasant. Luckily, this isn’t the case with same-day crowns. Instead, we use a digital camera to take impressions of your teeth in a matter of minutes with zero mess.

Precise Measurements and Technology

CEREC uses CAD/CAM software and technology to ensure that you get a crown that perfectly fits a tooth. Since digital impressions capture detailed measurements of your tooth this also means getting a restoration that provides a perfect and precise fit each and every time.

Fast Restorative Dentistry in One Trip

Getting the restorative dentistry you need right away is of the utmost importance to anyone dealing with damaged or broken teeth. The good news is that same-day crowns can be designed, made and fitted all in one visit to our office. No need to come back into the office for a separate fitting. We can preserve your smile in a single appointment.

No Temporary Crowns

With traditional crowns, dentists have to turn to an outside dental lab to create your crowns. This can take weeks, so in the interim, a temporary crown is placed to protect the vulnerable and prepared tooth from damage. The good news is that you won’t need temporary crowns when you turn to our Provo, UT, dental team for same-day crowns since we can create your crown right here in our office while you wait.

If you are interested in learning more about getting same-day crowns from our Provo, UT, dental team then it’s the perfect time to call Provo Dental at (801) 374-8205.


By Provo Dental
September 21, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Filling  

Having a cavity filled is something that most people will experience at one time in their lives. However, for such a common occurrence, not all dental patients understand why dental fillings are needed or how they're applied. From the office of your Provo, UT dentists, Drs. Gary and Kevin Weist, discover the science behind dental fillings and when you might need one yourself.

A brief history of fillings

Ancient fillings have been found in skeletons that are nearly 10,000 years old, and the basic function of fillings hasn't changed much since then. Before modern times, materials like beeswax were used to fill cavities; later, metals such as gold, silver, and tin were softened and applied to the teeth that needed repair. We can assume that back then, anesthetic was minimal or non-existent, so removal of the decay was likely a very uncomfortable procedure. Fortunately, your Provo dentist uses the latest in dental science to make all procedures, including fillings, a painless and hassle-free experience.

Fillings today

These days, cavity fillings are a routine procedure. Diagnosis of a cavity is made during a visual examination or analysis of an X-ray. To repair a cavity, anesthetic is applied to the area and the decay is carefully removed. The prepared tooth is then cleaned and filled with a glass and plastic-based putty. This resin, as it's called, is tooth-colored in order to blend in. All in all, simple cavity fillings usually take no more than an hour to complete, and can last a decade or more before needing replacement or repair.

Signs you may need a filling

As we discussed above, a cavity may be diagnosed during a checkup with your Provo dentist. However, sometimes there are symptoms that you'll notice at home. You may discover a new, chalky white or dark-colored spot on a tooth that can't be removed with brushing. You may also find that your floss begins to snag on a certain tooth. Tooth sensitivity may also occur as the decay progresses. Any of these situations warrant a trip to Provo Dental for an examination.

If you're showing signs of needing a filling, or you have further questions, call 801-374-8205 to speak to one of Provo Dental's friendly staff members about making an appointment with Dr. Kevin Wiest or Dr. Gary Wiest today.