When you visit a dentist for the repair of a cavity, placement of a crown, or for a dental emergency, you expect treatment that is delivered as quickly as possible. Not only that, but you want that fast treatment to be of the highest quality. In the past, many patients required multiple visits for just a single treatment, such as a crown or bridge. Meanwhile, temporary restorations that are placed during the waiting period are difficult to keep clean and don’t look or feel natural. This is frustrating for the patient, who simply wants to have a functional and aesthetically pleasing restoration in a timely manner without waiting up to 2 weeks for a custom appliance to be made.
With CEREC technology, you can have your necessary restorations like crowns or bridges made and delivered in the same day. That means only one appointment to complete your care! Your dentist knows that you have a busy schedule to keep, and same day dental care with CEREC helps prioritize your time.
Same day CEREC technology uses 3D imaging technology that takes a virtual dental impression of your prepared tooth. This image is then sent to a treatment planning software that allows the dentist to design your new restoration so that it carefully matches and fits with your surrounding teeth. Once finalized, the design is sent to the in-office CEREC machine that makes your appliance while you wait. Once complete, the dentist places the permanent restoration in your mouth. There’s no need to come back for a separate appointment! CEREC allows dentists to both prioritize their patient’s time, as well as offer sure-fitting customized appliances that look and feel great.
Dental crowns are widely used in dentistry for a wide range of purposes. Crowns (also called “caps” because they fit like a cap over a damaged tooth) are used to restore broken teeth and teeth with too much decay for a filling, in conjunction with a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, or to protect a tooth following a root canal. They are also sometimes used for cosmetic dentistry purposes.
A traditional crown involves at least two visits to the dentist. During the first visit, the dentist shapes the damaged tooth and takes an impression that is sent to a lab where the crown is fabricated. A temporary cap is placed to protect the tooth and the patient returns about two weeks later to have the temporary crown removed and the permanent crown placed.
One day dentistry using CEREC single visit crowns is quickly replacing the traditional multi-visit procedure. CEREC crowns are made in the dentist’s office using computer aided imaging and a CAD/CAM milling machine. After shaping the damaged tooth, a 3D image is taken and sent to the milling machine which creates the new crown from a block of tooth colored ceramic material. It only takes about ten to twenty minutes for the new crown to be made and the dentist then bonds the crown to your tooth with resin cement.
With a single visit crown, the entire process takes about one to two hours and you leave your dentist’s office with your new crown in place. There is no need for an uncomfortable temporary crown and the cost of a same day crown is usually about the same as a traditional crown. The ceramic material is very durable and same day crowns look and feel just like natural teeth.
Posted on behalf of Carolina Comfort Dental
You may have seen signs indicating that your dentist is a CEREC provider, and wondered what it stood for. CEREC is an acronym that stands for Chairside, Economical, Restorations, Esthetic, Ceramic. If you need to have a crown placed, or have a filling repaired or removed, CEREC may be the right option for you.
CEREC is ideal if you need a crown and do not want to have a temporary placement and want to be on your way. CEREC technology allows for the complete procedure from imaging to finish to be completed in one trip while you are in the chair (this is where the CHAIRSIDE comes from).
CEREC has the advantage of also being economical for you. Because there are no return visits to the dentist, you do not miss a second or third day of work, and you only have one office visit. By completing the restoration in one visit, your tooth is restored to a natural tooth color and strength in one quick visit. Function of the tooth is restored as soon as the procedure is completed.
Because the crown is ceramic, matching the tooth color is easy. No more metal crowns! The material used is of high quality ceramic, that meets esthetic standards. Tooth color is matched closely, and the strong ceramic materials are very close in strength and composition of your natural tooth. This makes the fit more comfortable and pleasing to you.
If you are in need of a crown or filling replacement, and want to do it all in one visit, ask your dentist if CEREC is right for you.
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