Crowns are essential dental restorations that preserve the integrity and function of the entire tooth. Teeth that have been compromised due to fractures or decay are enclosed by a crown on all surface above the gumlines, allowing the tooth to be used as if it were healthy and normal. In the past, dental crowns took at least 2 appointments for the treatment to be completed, due to the steps that are necessary in the crown fabrication process. With CEREC technology, dentists are now able to provide complete CEREC dental crowns in just one treatment visit instead of waiting 2 weeks between 2 visits.
CEREC is a state-of-the-art technology that allows virtual dental impressions to be taken and scanned into an on-site milling machine located in the same office. The milling equipment interprets the virtual impression into a 3D image and then creates a customized dental crown out of a block of dental grade resin material. In just a short amount of time, a customized, precisely fitted crown is ready for delivery and can be permanently cemented into place on the very same day. In fact, the precision of CEREC equipment makes CEREC crowns fit even more closely to the natural teeth than a crown from a professional dental laboratory.
The color of CEREC crowns is custom shaded to match your other teeth, so that it blends right in with your smile. CEREC crowns are also metal-free, which prevents the annoying metal line around some types of dental crowns. If you prefer to have all of your treatment completed in the same appointment, ask your dentist about whether or not a CEREC crown is right for you.
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Your dentist told you that one of your teeth has something wrong with it, but you’ve yet to experience any symptoms whatsoever. Even on the x-rays, you can see the visible damage that your dentist has pointed out to you. Or, maybe you’ve seen the tooth with an intraoral camera and see exactly what is going on…but you’re still not convinced that you need to have it treated, simply because it does not hurt.
Putting dental care off simply because of the lack of symptoms such as pain or swelling is not a good indicator of whether or not treatment should be completed. There are many instances of severely decayed, fractured, or diseased teeth that cause no symptoms to the patient whatsoever, yet still allow dangerous infection to exist in the body of the patient. Waiting until the tooth hurts before having a filling or dental crown placed may even result in infections that require hospitalization. For instance, abscessed teeth may arise due to untreated tooth decay. These abscesses have the potential to enter into other areas of the head, causing infection in some instances even up to the brain. While this is not extremely common, it is not unheard of.
Electing to have restorative treatment performed before pain starts means that your care can be less invasive to the teeth, and ultimately save you money over the lifetime of your smile. Many severe dental treatments could have been prevented or affordably repaired if they were treated at the time they were first diagnosed. Don’t sacrifice the health and appearance of your smile, or your body. Routine dental visits help stop cavities in their track, and prevent complications later on.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Rowe, Rowe Family Dental Care
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