CEREC, One-Day Dental Crown

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If you’ve ever needed a dental crown, you know the time commitment that’s involved. From the preparation appointment to waiting two weeks for the final delivery, the entire process usually involves taking 3-4 hours off of work and wearing a temporary crown in the meantime.

Not anymore. Thanks to the advanced capabilities of CAD/CAM technology like CEREC, it’s possible to digitally create your new crown right here in our office. The entire treatment process is completed in just one appointment.

What Is CEREC Technology?

CEREC technology is a method used to restore strength, stability, and function to any tooth that is decayed, broken, fractured, or damaged. This technology utilizes Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) to accurately and quickly create ceramic restorations chairside in a single appointment rather than over multiple appointments with laboratory work in between. This means the patient does not have to live with a temporary restoration for weeks while the lab creates his or her restoration!

How Does CEREC Technology Work?

After the proper treatment is determined for the tooth, either Dr. Arnold or Dr. Rohleder will administer an anesthetic and prepare the affected tooth for restoration by removing all decayed or failed tooth structure.

Once this process is complete, the medical grade CEREC camera is used to take digital images of the prepared tooth. The pictures take the place of bulky impression trays and impression “goop,” which one would traditionally hold in the mouth until it hardens to create a model of the tooth. No more gagging on uncomfortable trays and “goop” dripping down the throat! Digital imaging is much more time effective and comfortable for the patient.

The images are sent to the CEREC computer, which converts the pictures into a 3-D model of the tooth so a restoration can be designed chairside while the patient waits! After the restoration is designed, it is milled out of the milling machine—like a 3-D printer—from a ceramic block that matches the color of the patient’s other teeth. It is then tested for proper fit on the patient and custom painted for perfect esthetics. Shortly thereafter, the restoration is ready to be bonded to the patient’s tooth. All of this is done in one appointment—no temporary necessary!

Please call Bellevue Westlake Dental to schedule your appointment for a natural-looking dental crown you can get in just one visit!

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