Our Technology – CEREC Crowns
- No Temporary
- No Messy Impressions
- One Easy Appointment
CEREC is an advanced dental technology that is utilized for the restoration of decayed, cracked, or chipped teeth. CEREC can create full crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers. The CEREC machine crafts a restoration in a matter of minutes. CEREC crowns are made of compressed porcelain. The most beneficial feature of receiving a CEREC crown restoration is that it is accomplished in one visit. In addition to the benefit of a one visit restoration, there is no uncomfortable impression material to bite on or temporary to wear.
Perhaps one of the most significant advancements that our office employs is the use of the CEREC machine (CAD/CAM Technology) to fabricate single-unit porcelain restorations such as crowns, veneers, and fillings. In the past, dentists used to take impressions once a tooth had been prepared, and wait two weeks while the restoration was fabricated at a dental lab. Today, our office takes an optical scan of the prepared tooth, the restoration is designed on the computer screen for a perfect fit, and prepared from a block of porcelain in under 20 minutes! The esthetic and cosmetic results are BREATHTAKING…all without laboratory wait time and temporaries
The procedure for placement of a CEREC crown restoration is very simple. The first step is to remove all decay from the tooth. The doctor will then shape the tooth in preparation to take a digital picture. The tooth is then sprayed with a very fine powder. This allows the digital camera to take an acceptable image. Once this image is captured, the tooth will appear on a computer screen in 3D. This will allow the doctor to design the restoration right in front of you. Once the design is completed, the CEREC will mill the restoration. This step takes approximately 15 minutes. You can actually watch this process if you would like. When the restoration is finished milling, the doctor will place the CEREC crown. The entire process should take just over an hour.