Q: What is a crown and why do I need one?
A: If Dr. Stuckey has recommended a crown, it is likely either to correct a broken tooth or to repair a tooth that has deteriorated due to cavities (decay). The decay in your tooth eats away healthy tooth structure much like rust eats away at metal. If not removed, decay will deteriorate the tooth to the point where extraction is the only viable treatment option. Sometimes, decay is removed, leaving healthy tooth structure but not much of it. A crown can then be placed, restoring the look and function of your tooth while allowing you to keep your natural, underlying tooth structure. Most crowns are precision-milled porcelain or full metal (gold or silver) and are individually customized for each application in each patient, giving you a natural, long-lasting smile.
Q: What is PlanScan™? Can I really receive same-day crowns?
A: If you have previously received crowns at the dentist, you may remember that the process required at least two dental visits over a two or three week period. Now, with the PlanScan™ system, you can actually have your crowns designed, created, and positioned in your mouth all during one visit! PlanScan™ utilizes breakthrough technology that allows Dr. Stuckey to design and mill your crown chair-side.
PlanScan™also aids in the step-by-step creation of inlays/onlays, veneers, and more, all chair-side in our dental office. The precision and efficiency of this technology means better tools at your dentist’s disposal, better results for your oral health, and faster treatment. With the help of PlanScan™, you will have the dazzling smile you always wanted in even less time.
Q: I know I need X-rays, but I’d prefer to not be exposed to unnecessary radiation. Do you offer digital X-rays?
A: Yes, we do offer digital X-rays (radiographs). Digital X-rays use less radiation and are safer for you than traditional film-based X-rays. You will find that Dr. Stuckey researches the latest trends in technology to find the solutions that promote your overall health, safety, and comfort.