In the past when patients needed a dental crown, the procedure often took a few dental visits to make impressions, wait for the lab to fabricate the crown and then finally fit your smile with the new crown. In the meantime patients would wear a less reliable temporary crown, which was more prone to breaking or damage. However, patients no longer have to wait weeks for their dental crown. With revolutionary CEREC technology, patients can get a dental crown the same day. Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, known as CEREC, and uses unique CAD/CAM technology to produce same-day restorations in one dental visit.
While this treatment is considered new, dentists have relied on the CEREC software for over thirty years to create digital impressions and virtual models. The CEREC dental technology includes a camera, computer and milling machine to fabricate the crown in the office (this eliminates the need to send your impressions to an outside lab, which can take days to complete). Instead of performing standard impressions, we will take a 2D photo of your smile to upload onto our CEREC software, which will then transform the picture into a 3D image. The 3D image will provide our patients with the opportunity to preview their new smile before creating the dental crown.
CEREC technology promises a dental crown that looks just like a natural tooth, mimicking shading, translucency and contouring. Once the crown is designed, the CAM technology fabricates the dental crown while the patient waits. The whole process only takes about an hour. Once the crown is finished, we will bond it to your old tooth to restore your damaged smile.
CEREC technology has restored over 28 million teeth, offers a long-term success rate of about 95 percent and is backed by more than 250 scientific studies.
What is CEREC?
CEREC is an acronym for the Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics or Ceramic Reconstruction. Developed by dentists in Zurich in 1980, CEREC technology produces restorations such as dental crowns and bridges that are extraordinarily life-like and durable. Plus, CEREC patients receive the best in materials and diagnostics conveniently and quickly.
How the Treatment Works
Our Doctors first perform a complete oral exam to determine if a damaged tooth can receive a CEREC crown. Which replicates the size, shape and color of the original tooth, creating perfect bite and protecting remaining enamel from further damage.
In addition to the oral exam, our doctors use digital x-rays and an inventive combination of CT and light scanning techniques to image the tooth. With CAD-CAM software (Computer-aided Design/Computer-aided Manufacturing), they make a digital impression. This quick process eliminates gooey impressions and long wait times for lab work to be completed. He also shapes the remaining tooth enamel to receive the crown.
The digital impression gives the CEREC milling machine all the information needed to manufacture a beautiful all-ceramic dental crown. The manufacturing process takes 15 minutes or so, and the doctors add special shading and polishing to finish the CEREC crown. He bonds it securely in place, and amazingly, the fit and bite of a CEREC crown is perfect the very first try-on.
Other CEREC Applications
In addition, CEREC crowns cover dental implants--today's best standard for tooth replacement. CEREC technology creates partial crowns, too--beautiful inlays and onlays that replace large fillings inside and around the cusps of teeth. Bonded right to the teeth, inlays and onlays seamlessly restore teeth to full function, bite, and aesthetics.
Are you interested in restoring your smile in the same day?
City Creek Dental offers Same Day Crowns in Temple, TX
Call our dental office at (254) 778-1990 for more information today!