What is CEREC?
What are CEREC crowns?
A crown, as the name implies, basically sits atop the natural tooth. It covers the tooth all the way down to the gumline. Most dental practices rely on dental labs to fabricate their crowns. This requires first preparing the tooth, taking impressions, and placing a temporary crown while the dental lab makes the custom crown. It also entails two appointments for the patient. At our practice, our CEREC system precisely creates our ceramic crowns in around an hour or so. Dr. Garza can design the crown and send the specs to the CEREC system, which then mills the crowns from a block of dental porcelain. Then he can test the crown and place it, all in one appointment.
CEREC Crowns vs Traditional Crowns
There are a number of benefits to the CEREC system for our patients.
- Convenience — What’s the value of your time? Our CEREC crowns can be designed, milled, and placed all in a single appointment. You don’t have to waste time with two appointments, along with waiting up to two weeks for a dental lab to create your crown.
- No temporary crowns — While waiting for the lab to create your crown, patients have to wear a temporary crown that isn’t custom fit.
- Can preserve more of your natural tooth — The precision of the CEREC system, which creates a 3D model of your tooth, often allows Dr. Garza to remove less of the natural tooth to make room for the CEREC crown.
- No dental impressions — No one likes the goop and trays that are part of making dental impressions. Dr. Garza uses the CEREC system’s digital tools to measure and then design your crown, eliminating the need for impressions.
- Just as strong — Some people think CEREC crowns aren’t as strong or durable as crowns made in a dental lab. Truth is, both are milled from dental porcelain and are equally strong and durable.
- You’re involved — Because Dr. Garza designs your crown in the office using the system’s digital technology, you can be involved with final color choice and other factors if you choose.
CEREC crown Procedure
Whether created in a dental lab or a CEREC system, the initial process for placing a crown is the same. The tooth is first prepared for the crown by shaving down a portion of the tooth on all sides and on the top. This makes room for the crown to fit over the tooth and still occupy the same space as the original natural tooth. Once this preparation is complete, Dr. Garza takes a series of photographs and other measurements to provide the input for our CEREC system.
He then designs your crown right in the system, allowing you to see what it will look like. The CEREC system then takes a block of solid porcelain and mills it down to the exact specifications of Dr. Garza’s design. Once the CEREC crown is complete, Dr. Garza places the crown onto your tooth with a temporary bonding material. This is so that we can test the bite and see if you are satisfied with the fit. Once we both agree everything is right, Dr. Garza cements the crown permanently onto your tooth. No recovery is needed; you can eat normally as soon as you leave our office.
CEREC Crown Recovery
While your newly crowned tooth may have some residual soreness in the area after your procedure, there isn’t really any recovery time. When you leave our offices, you can eat what you want and enjoy the beautiful look of your new CEREC crowned tooth.
restorative treatment options
Some of the restorative treatment options available include:
- Full and partial dentures
- Crowns and bridges
- Dental implants
- Mini dental implants
- Inlays and Onlays
- Full mouth reconstruction
Our doctors are fully trained and experienced to replace lost or damaged teeth with the restorative treatment that best suits your needs. Your doctor will discuss the differences with you and help you decide which option is best for you. We perform all of our restorative dentistry services with the highest level of care to help you improve the health and appearance of your smile.
Why Choose The CEREC Restorative Technique?
CEREC, by Sirona Dental Systems, is the world’s only system for the fabrication of all ceramic dental restorations in one office visit. With CEREC, you can be in and out in a single visit with a permanent, all ceramic crown, onlay, or veneer. This means fewer injections, less drilling, and less time out of your hectic schedule for dental care.
Let’s face it, very few of us have perfect teeth, free of decay and fillings. You can probably see a filling or two in your own mouth. These fillings do just that – “fill” a cavity, or hole, in your tooth left from the excavation of decayed tooth structure.
In many cases, those fillings are made of metal material and can go bad, weaken the tooth, or get additional decay under or around it. In fact, 1.2 billion of these metal fillings will need to be replaced in the next 10 years.
We will replace these fillings, but also restore any tooth that is decayed, weakened, broken, etc. to its natural strength and beauty. Better yet, it’s done with all-ceramic materials that match your tooth in a single appointment!