CEREC – One Day Crowns
If you have a decayed, cracked or broken tooth, you may need a porcelain crown to restore it.
CEREC – One Day Crowns
If you have a decayed, cracked or broken tooth, you may need a porcelain crown to restore it. A crown covers the entire tooth, creating a tight seal around the gum line, preventing further infection while restoring strength, structure and appearance to the tooth. Usually, a conventional crown takes two weeks or more to fabricate in the dental lab, but we can often make and fit a beautiful ceramic crown on the same day using CEREC.
What is a CEREC Crown?
CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics and is a crown created using advanced digital technology. Divine Smiles uses this computerised design and manufacturing technology (CAD/CAM) to make a solid ceramic crown that looks and feels lifelike and natural, blending in beautifully with your existing teeth, all while you wait.
What is the Procedure for CEREC Crowns?
The procedure for making a CEREC crown is comfortable and non-invasive, and there is no need for a conventional tray impression. Initially, our dentist will gently examine your tooth to make sure it is suitable for crowning. Next, we numb the tooth to ensure you feel comfortable during your treatment. Our dentist carefully shapes the tooth, removing all damaged or infected tissues and ensuring there is enough room to create the crown.
When your tooth is ready, we digitally scan it using a tiny handheld camera. The camera takes multiple images to create a 3-D dental impression of the tooth. After the scan is complete, we download it onto our computer where our dentist will check the impression carefully. Because the impression is digital, we can magnify certain areas to check the tooth preparation thoroughly.
The dentist designs your crown then sends the design to our on-site milling machine. We select a block of pre-shaded porcelain that is milled into your crown. Once ready, we hand-finish the crown, individually characterising it and polishing it, so it is ready to fit. Our dentist will try the crown in your mouth, checking it fits precisely before bonding it in place. The entire process can take as little as an hour.
What are the Advantages of a CEREC Crown?
Advantages of choosing a CEREC crown include:
- You receive your crown on the same day, so there is no need for a temporary crown or a second visit
- CEREC crowns are ideal when you break a tooth just before a special event or holiday and do not want to wait two weeks for a new restoration
- CEREC crowns are digitally designed and made, providing a precision-fit that gives better protection for teeth
- CEREC is durable, hard-wearing, plaque and stain-resistant, and is highly biocompatible with your gum tissue
- Because CEREC crowns are metal-free, they transmit the light in a similar way to natural teeth and can look wonderful
CEREC is an excellent system for crowns, and we can also use this technology to make ceramic fillings, called inlays and onlays and which are virtually invisible once in the mouth. The ceramic material used in CEREC is strong and ideal for creating larger fillings for restoring cavities in back teeth.
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