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CEREC and Same Day Crowns

same day crowns CypressThe availability of same day crowns offers many advantages … fewer trips to the dentist for treatment, no need to wear a temporary for weeks while waiting for your permanent restoration, and thanks to digital technology, in many cases there is no need for an impression to be made using trays of messy and uncomfortable plaster.

CEREC Process

Your need for a dental crown can be due to trauma to a tooth, excessive dental decay, a cracked or broken tooth … the reason doesn’t matter. The process for receiving your crown and the final result are what is most important to you

CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics or simply Ceramic Reconstruction. Other verbiage you may hear in conjunction with CEREC is CAD/CAM technology. This means the use of computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing.

Once your dentist has told you that a dental crown is needed, with CEREC you can just sit back because within a few hours you will have completed treatment with a permanent restoration that is durable and looks great.

Digital imaging allows for a very accurate and detailed picture of your mouth providing a crown that will fit perfectly. Your tooth will be prepared for the crown by reducing it in size leaving enough of the base for the final restoration to be cemented in place.

The CEREC machine uses a solid block of ceramic, and utilizing the images taken will bore the ceramic into a perfect replica of the tooth being crowned. A few finishing touches and your crown can be cemented into place.

Caring for your CEREC Restoration

Whether your crown was needed to treat a broken or severely decayed tooth, or as the final step following root canal therapy, the care for your same day crown is easily managed.

Immediately after receiving your crown, you should avoid eating sticky foods that could dislodge your newly cemented dental work. After that, you’re free to eat whatever you wish. Your new crown has been made with durable materials that are designed to last for many, many years.

Brush and floss daily, and visit our dentist every six months for cleaning and dental exam. The same care you extend for all your teeth should allow your same day crown to last a very long time.

Can dental crowns improve the appearance of natural teeth?

same day crowns CypressNatural teeth that are unsightly due to large areas of decay or other aesthetic problems can be enhanced through dental crowns, which are tooth-shaped caps that slide over the biological teeth to restore their appearance.

In the past, getting a dental crown would have taken a couple of weeks and required multiple trips to the dentist. Same day crowns have revolutionized that process, though, giving patients an option to improve their smiles in a matter of hours!

These restorations, also known as Cerec crowns (for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics), are planned and created right in the office. The dentist will examine your teeth and use specialized computer software to design the crown, which is then crafted from a ceramic block using an in-office milling unit. The materials can be tailored to blend in with your biological teeth. No one needs to know you got a crown to make a tooth look better!

While you are waiting for the crown to be ready, your tooth can be prepped for crown placement. Once complete, the crown is then bonded on top of the tooth using dental cement.

These crowns are quite strong after being bonded to the tooth, but you do need to take good care of them (and the rest of your teeth) in order to get the maximum benefit. Continue with your usual oral hygiene routine – or give it a boost if you’re not so conscientious about your brushing and flossing. Be sure to get routine exams and professional cleanings, as well.

You may want to make some adjustments to your diet as you get used to the crown, but patients can usually continue to eat most foods with their crowns after they’ve adjusted. Use common sense, though, as anything that could damage a tooth may also harm your crown.

Want to improve your smile with a minimal turnaround? Explore Cerec crowns as a possible treatment solution in your case. We’d be happy to schedule an evaluation to decide if this treatment will help you achieve your smile goals.

CEREC: Custom Crowns in Just One Appointment

same day crowns CypressA broken tooth or excessive decay is often treated through the use of a dental crown. A standard crown takes multiple dental appointments over a couple of weeks from start to finish. But same day crowns are available if your dentist offers CEREC.

CEREC is an acronym that means chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics. Your CEREC dentist has invested in a system that allows him to fabricate a porcelain crown using an impression taken on the same day your crown will be ready.

The CEREC crown starts out with a ceramic block. The crown is milled out of that block using the impression taken and computer technology (your dentist is not in the back room with a little hammer and chisel making your crown!).

You might hear about CAD/CAM which is the technology that allows same day crowns to be made. It means computer assisted design/computer assisted manufacture. This is the science that allows the advantages of same day crowns that include:

Time savings – only one dental appointment is needed from start to finish.

No temporary crown to deal with – once the tooth has been prepped for a crown, it must be protected until the crown is delivered. With standard crowns, the patient must endure wearing a temporary for weeks. If it is dislodged, it means another trip to the dentist to have it replaced.

A strong restoration made with stain resistant porcelain.

Less of your natural tooth is removed with CEREC crowns – the more of your own tooth that stays intact means a stronger structure.

Since your trusted dentist is making your crown in his (or her) own office, there is no question that your crown is being made in the United States. Many dental labs are located in foreign countries, so you have no idea where your crown is made with standard crowns.

Crowns have been around a long time and serve many purposes. A broken tooth can be saved; a tooth suffering from multiple cavities can be salvaged rather than having to extract it; and a crown is often used to seal a tooth following root canal therapy.

To learn more about CEREC same day crowns, call the office of Dr. Lori Logan today! 

Dental Crowns: How Long is the Process?

You want to restore your smile with the help of a dental crown – or a cap that looks like a tooth. However, you have meetings to run. You have the kids’ soccer practices to attend, and you have personal business to take care of. The last thing you want to do is keep going back and forth to the dentist’s office. However, same-day crowns are now available: The entire dental crown process can take place all in a single day so that you can quickly get back to living your life, with a new smile.[pullquote] CEREC is a machine that allows the dentist to design, form and permanently bond the crown in your mouth in one day. [/pullquote]

You may need a porcelain crown if your tooth has been cracked or if a large portion of your tooth is damaged and cannot be filled. In addition, your dentist will often instruct you to get a crown after you have had a root canal treatment, which can weaken your original tooth. Crowns also can be used to complete a dental bridge or a dental implant – two other tooth replacement options.

In the past, you may have had to make at least a couple of trips to the dentist in order to get a crown placed in your mouth: One appointment was needed to get an impression of your tooth made and a temporary crown placed, and the second appointment was needed to try on your new crown. If the crown did not fit, a third appointment may have been necessary. However, with today’s CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) technology, your dentist can create a crown for you in one sitting.

CEREC is a machine that allows the dentist to design, form and permanently bond the crown in your mouth in one day. The dentist will take a digital picture of your tooth and then manipulate it to create your crown. You will participate in the process by helping to determine the crown color and shape based on your desires. Then, the CEREC machine will create the final crown. An hour later, the dentist will place cement between your original tooth and the new crown, and you can be on your way.

The CEREC machine is fast and accurate. As a result, you quickly end up with a crown that will last for years. Getting a crown truly can be a convenient procedure that doesn’t take up so much of your valuable time. Get ready to smile and chew normally again in just a day’s time. Contact us to find out more about our CEREC solution today.