If your dentist recently shared that you have a tooth that is suffering from severe decay, you may need more than a traditional filling. In the past, receiving a dental crown could take weeks because of the time lab technicians needed to create the custom restoration. Now, there is an alternative solution that allows you to walk in with a decayed tooth and leave with a fully restored smile. With CEREC crowns in Phoenix, you only need one appointment to see dramatic results. Read on to learn more about the time it takes to create these unique restorations and how they are proving more popular among individuals in need of restorative treatment.
What is CEREC?
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. This method of computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) makes it possible to generate impressions of your weakened tooth and create a custom-made dental crown using a special in-house milling unit. Using porcelain to construct these unique restorations, CEREC technology will allow you to receive the protection you need in one visit, no longer requiring you to wait weeks for a permanent dental crown.
What is the Process of Receiving a CEREC Crown?
When undergoing the process of receiving a CEREC dental crown, you will first meet with your dentist and have the decayed areas of your tooth removed. This will require a numbing agent to be administered before they begin cleaning out the problem area and filling it with composite resin. Next, your dentist will take a digital impression of your tooth using a small, handheld camera. This eliminates the need for cold, messy dental putty and potential inaccurate impressions.
Once these images are captured, they are sent to the CEREC machine, which uses CAD/CAM software to generate a custom-made dental crown out of a piece of porcelain. The milling unit used to create the restoration follows the specifications provided by the images captured during your appointment. Then it begins to create the crown before glazing and color-matching it to your natural smile. Once it is ready, your dentist will then attach your CEREC crown to your tooth, securing it into place.
The entire process takes an estimated two hours from start to finish, making it a more convenient option should you wish to avoid weeks of waiting for a lab-created dental crown.
If you want a fully restored smile in less time, CEREC crowns are an ideal solution for your needs. Do not hesitate to speak to a member of your dental team about your eligibility in receiving this type of restoration and what you can do to get started to better protect your smile.
About the Author
Dr. John Ludu achieved his Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry before going on to earn his doctorate at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Undergoing various specialty education courses, he has more than two and a half decades of dentistry experience. Dr. Ludu and the dental experts at Devoted Family Dental know you want solutions that are not only quick to complete but also safe and reliable. With CEREC technology, he and his team can produce a customized dental crown during your appointment, allowing you to leave with a new and improved restoration that better protects your smile. If you are interested in learning more about same-day crowns, contact us at (623) 444-6222.