WESTMINSTER, CO: Dr. Kenneth Polke, founder of American Dental Excellence in the Denver area, (http://americandentalexcellence.com), offers same-day crowns which can be completed in one visit (about an hour), without requiring any follow-up visits or adjustments.

If a tooth becomes very badly decayed or damaged, it might need a crown or cap installed. The crown returns the tooth to its original functionality and appearance. Crowns are custom made and cover the whole tooth starting at the gum line.

Dr. Polke stated “Dental crowns used to require two or three trips to the dentist, a temporary crown, uncomfortable procedures, and a one to three week waiting period while your permanent crown was being made. Now, due to innovations in technology, you can have a custom crown made for you in a single visit without dental impressions, temporary crowns, or waiting for weeks to get your finished crown. We will start by preparing the tooth for the crown, the same way you would for a traditional crown, by numbing the area, removing decay, and shaping the tooth to fit inside the crown. Then instead of a messy tray of impression material, your tooth is dusted with a reflective powder and we will take pictures of the tooth with a special camera which uses light reflected from the powder to create a 3D image of the prepared tooth. The image is transferred to a computer and becomes the basis for your crown design.”

“We can adjust the details on the crown as needed before sending it to a milling machine (a specialty 3D carving “printer”) which carves your cap from a ceramic block in a shade that is the closest match to your natural tooth color. In about five minutes the cap is ready for additional coloring if needed and then it can be installed and bonded to the old tooth. The entire process can be done while you wait, usually in less than an hour,” concluded Dr. Polke.

Dr. Kenneth J. Polke is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton, and went on to study dentistry at Case Western University Dental School. Kenneth Polke is also an NFL Alumni, having played in the NFL for the Miami Dolphins and as quarterback for the Cleveland Browns! While he still has a passion for football, he chooses to serve the needs of his patients at American Dental Excellence (http://americandentalexcellence.com), which he opened in 1981. His other web sites include http://westminstersedationdentist.com and http://denverivsedationdentist.com. Dr. Polke is an active member of many professional associations, including the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Society of Anesthesiologists, and the International College of Oral Implantologists. He has a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry, and is a Diplomat of the International College of Oral Implantologists. American Dental Excellence can be reached at 303-920-4900.