Crowns have a long history in dentistry as long-lasting but sometimes unattractive dental restorations. Nowadays, many people who need a crown are opting for a beautiful full porcelain restoration. Porcelain crowns reflect and absorb light the way natural tooth enamel does, making them virtually indistinguishable from your other teeth. These restorations are highly esthetic because they don’t contain any metal. This means that if the gums recede, there is no unsightly dark gray line revealed.
Without any metal supporting it, how is this modern full porcelain crown made?
First of all, the dentist will choose a shade of porcelain that best matches your other teeth in color and translucency. If you wish to have whiter teeth, it is best to have that procedure done first. You can always have a crown made to match existing tooth color, but a crown cannot be bleached later on.
Next, the dentist will prepare your tooth by carefully trimming it down so that the crown will have a snug fit. CAD/CAM (computer-assisted design and computer-assisted manufacturing) software is used to take a scan of the prepared tooth. The program uses this scan to determine what the finished tooth should look like.
Finally, the machine uses the design to mill the crown from the block of porcelain selected by the dentist. This happens in a matter of minutes, and the dentist will carefully cement your new crown in place before you leave the office.
Designing the perfect porcelain crown can be done in a single visit, eliminating the need for a temporary crown. A full porcelain crown is strong, lasting, and esthetically-pleasing. Ask your dentist about how a porcelain crown may be perfect for you!
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Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee, GA 30024
CEREC crowns are same-day dental crowns that your dentist can deliver during just one treatment appointment. Other crowns take at least 2 appointments to complete, due to the need to send impressions to an off-site laboratory. CEREC technology uses in-house milling and virtual imaging techniques that prevent multiple appointments.
There are no “goopy” impressions that can irritate your gag reflex.
That’s right – you don’t have to take an impression! For a lot of people, this is the part they dislike the most about restorative treatments. Instead, CEREC uses 3D digital impressions, using a small imaging wand. The image is captured virtually, and sent into the treatment planning software.
You’ll get an accurate fit every time.
Since your impression is virtual, it’s even more accurate than a traditional alginate impression. The computer will be able to form a custom-fitted crown that is so accurate, there’s no worry about whether or not you’ll have to have the crown sent back and re-made at a lab. It fits perfectly the very first time.
Complete all of your treatment in just one appointment.
Crowns have always taken at least two appointments to complete, with each visit about two weeks apart. In the meantime, patients have to wear temporary crowns that aren’t as comfortable and don’t look as natural. With CEREC crowns, you’ll have your permanent crown at the very same visit. You can also work in your other treatment needs while the crown is being fabricated!
What’s holding you back from getting your crown completed? If it’s the time investment or past experience with ill-fitting crowns, then it’s time to ask your dentist about CEREC!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel
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