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Biz Beat: Same-day dental crowns are possible with new technology

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune Dentist Scott Forvilly uses new 3-D technology in his office to create crowns for his patients.

Zephyr Cove Dental Center has a new star in the office, and it’s not a dentist.

It’s the CEREC 3, and if you need a new crown, it can help you out.

Instead of patients coming into the office, having a mold made of their teeth, receiving a temporary crown for 21Ú2 weeks while the crown is made at a lab, and coming back in to get the new crown fitted, they can be in and out in 11Ú2 hours.

“In 20 minutes, I can design a crown and have it milled out,” said Dr. Scott Forvilly, DDS.

Another advantage is that if the patients have any problem with the crown, they can come in and have it fixed immediately, office manager Kathryn Warner said. All the information is stored in the computer, so the office can fix the problem instead of waiting for the lab to make a new crown.

The machine is more accurate than the old method because instead of a mold, the dentist uses an infrared camera. That avoids the problem of a mold needing to be redone when the first one is bad, Forvilly said.

Even with the new technology, the procedure still costs the same as the old method. The process also can be used for fillings and veneers.

The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is at 120 McFaul Way. For more information, call (775) 588-5183.

IHOP will be serving guests a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes on Tuesday in celebration of Pancake Day.

Pancake Day usually is celebrated on Fat Tuesday, but because of the schedule of the presidential primaries this year, the date was moved ahead one week.

The restaurant also will be collecting donations for the Children’s Miracle Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children in hospitals. The company’s goal is to raise $750,000.

IHOP is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. all week and is at 3730 Lake Tahoe Blvd. For more information, call (530) 544-4880.

– Have information on your business that you’d like to share? Contact reporter Sara Thompson at (530) 542-8009 or

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