Dr. Nammy Patel of San Francisco Green Dentistry discusses one-visit crowns created with a 3D printer.

How many visits does it typically take to get crowns?

In my practice, it only takes one visit to get a crown.

One? That’s it?

That’s it. And the beauty of that is because we have a 3D printer. And what that does, we take an image of the existing tooth, and we’re able to use a 3D milling unit, and then we bake it, and then — voila — you have a whole new crown, which is awesome, because you don’t have to worry about getting numbed up again. Also, time effective, cost effective, and it’ll last a really long time.