Until recently, waiting on a custom dental restoration like a crown took weeks. This is because once a dentist determines that a patient needs a crown, he or she will need to reduce tooth structure to prepare for the process of taking impressions (molds), which help determine the exact measurements of a dental crown. Then the specifications are sent to a dental laboratory so that the crown can be made by technicians. Today, however, CEREC crowns eliminate weeks of wait time by allowing for the fabrication and bonding of a custom crown in one office visit.
It’s true. CEREC technology allows our team to place beautiful restorations in a fraction of the time. This is possible because of CAD/CAM technology, which has digital programs to alter the specifications of restorations and mill a restoration on site. In addition to crowns, CEREC can be used to make veneers, inlays, and onlays. CEREC restorations are beautiful. Restorations like crowns are milled from high-quality blocks of ceramic to create lifelike and discreet dental work. In fact, CEREC dental work is unnoticeable to others.
What Crowns Are
Most people know that dental crowns are restorations but some people might be unaware of what a crown looks like. A crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that fits over a tooth like a cap. Once a crown is bonded over a tooth, it will cover its biting surfaces and all its sides above the gums.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are very common restorations that can extend the life of damaged teeth substantially. Crowns can be used to reinforce brittle teeth, hold a tooth together, and protect the surfaces of teeth from developing cracks, chips, and decay. Bonding multiple dental crowns in patients with worn dentition is helpful for promoting a healthier occlusion and reducing the likelihood that worn dentition leads to TMJ dysfunction and facial pain.
If you are in need of a dental crown or have questions about CEREC, call our office at your convenience to speak with our staff. Our dentist is currently accepting new patients.