What Are CEREC Same-Day Crowns?
The dental practice world has been revolutionized by the introduction of CEREC by Sirona Dental Systems. This world-leading technology application takes care of all ceramic dental restoration procedures in one typical dentist’s office visit. CEREC allows patients to get in and out of the dentist’s office in a single visit for procedures involving all-ceramic crowns, onlays or veneers. And who wouldn’t want fewer injections, less drilling and less time in the customarily dreaded dentist’s chair?
Advantages Of CEREC Same-Day Crowns?
Convenience, If you’ve ever had a dental crown fitted traditionally, you know there is a time commitment on your part. Two dental appointments are required, including freezing the gums and tooth area and wearing a temporary crown for two weeks or longer. The main advantage of CEREC is convenience – one visit, no temporaries, and fast recovery time with less tooth sensitivity!
Quality, The CEREC milling machine constructs perfectly-fitting crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays and on-lays. Since CEREC crowns and bridges are made from a solid block of ceramic, the product is beautiful and robust.
Digital Impressions, no unpleasant impression materials! With Cerec, we can scan your mouth digitally, eliminating the need for messy impression materials. The scan provides a three-dimensional image to work with as we design your restoration.
Cerec also eliminates the reliance on a temporary crown that may be prone to falling out and retains remarkably lifelike porcelain materials which can be tailored to match the natural shade of patients’ teeth.
How CEREC Same Day Crowns Works
The process of crowning a tooth starts out the same way, whether it’s a same-day crown or traditional crown: with “preparation” of the tooth. This involves removing any decay that’s present, and shaping the tooth with a dental drill so that it will fit perfectly inside the crown. But the similarities end there.
If you were getting a traditional crown, the next step would be to take an impression (mold) of your teeth with a putty-like material, and use it to construct a model on which to create the crown. With a same-day crown, your teeth are simply given a light dusting of reflective powder and then a small scanning wand attached to a computer is used to take digital pictures inside your mouth. In seconds, the computer will generate a highly accurate 3D model of your teeth. But it gets even better.
With the help of the CAD/CAM software, your crown will be designed while you wait. The software can even be used to create a mirror-image twin of the same tooth on the other side of your mouth, for the most natural-looking result possible. Then a block of dental ceramic material is chosen in the shade that most closely matches your own teeth. The computer’s digital design is transmitted to a milling machine that carves the crown from the ceramic block in about five minutes.
Once the crown’s fit has been verified, and any necessary aesthetic enhancements have been made to the crown’s surface (staining and glazing, for example), the crown will be bonded to your tooth. With a traditional crown, you would have to wear a temporary restoration for several weeks while the permanent crown was being fabricated at the lab. With a same-day crown, you walk out with the real thing.
Caring for Your Same-Day Crown
Crowned teeth require the same conscientious care as your natural teeth. Be sure to brush and floss between all of your teeth — restored and natural — every day to reduce the build-up of dental plaque. When you have crowns, it is even more important to maintain your regular schedule of professional cleanings at the dental office. Avoid using your teeth as tools (to open packages, for example). If you have a grinding habit, wearing a nightguard would be a good idea to protect your teeth and your investment. A well-cared-for same-day crown will last for years to come.
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