Maybe your back tooth is in the uncomfortable stages of uncontrollable decay. Or perhaps you cracked a tooth and need a way to stop the excruciating pain. Whatever the reason, you need tooth restoration, and you need it fast!
Unfortunately, the standard dental crown process simply can’t provide the speedy recovery you need. Traditional dental crowns must be placed over the span of two separate office visits set a week or two apart. This system is not only inconvenient, it leaves you in dental no-man’s-land for far too long.
This is exactly why so many dentists and patients are turning to CEREC dental crowns instead. CEREC technology has revolutionized the dental crown procedure by completing every step, from start to finish, in a single office visit.
If you need a crown- and need it now!- these are the most important CEREC dental crowns FAQs you need to know.
What Does CEREC Stand For?
CEREC stands for Chairside Economic Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. In other words, same-day dental crowns using customized ceramic milling.
CEREC crowns serve the same purpose as traditional crowns: to repair and restore damaged or weakened teeth. The difference occurs in how CEREC crowns achieve that goal.
How Are CEREC Dental Crowns Made?
CEREC uses a sophisticated version of a 3D printer to create your crowns on-the-spot.
First, your dentist uses an intraoral scanner to take images that process more than 1,000,000 3D points per second! The Primescan intraoral camera surpasses other types of dental cameras with its accuracy, speed, and precision. Its innovative Smart Pixel Sensor produces photorealistic and highly accurate data about the inside of your mouth.
This is especially important to identify dental problems not visible to the naked eye. Using CEREC’s high precision scans, your dentist captures the smallest nuances of every single tooth and gum surface in your mouth, allowing for the design of highly detailed crowns.
Patients are always happy to hear that these scans are accomplished without any messy or uncomfortable impressions. The Primescan intraoral scanner completes a full jaw impression, including model calculations, in just two or three minutes.
Once your dentist collects all of the digital images needed, he sends your information to CAD/CAM software machine that creates a digital tooth restoration model. Your dentist evaluates the restoration model, adjusts it if needed, and then sends it to the CEREC milling machine.
The CEREC milling machine fabricates your customized dental crown by cutting and shaping ceramic to your exact specifications. This process is lightning fast and only takes about 15 minutes! It is then polished and placed inside your mouth.
Do CEREC Dental Crowns Look Natural?
Yes! All CEREC same-day dental crowns are created using durable, attractive porcelain. Porcelain has a translucent quality, so it closely mimics the look and feel of your real teeth. You can smile confidently knowing that your same-day crown blends in perfectly with your existing teeth.
What Are the Other Benefits of CEREC Same-Day Dental Crowns?
Thanks to advanced CEREC technology, Dr. Altrock and Dr. Fabb can help San Diego, CA patients enjoy the following benefits with same day crowns:
- Rapid Results: Your tooth is fully restored in as little as one hour. There’s no need for temporary restorations or follow-up appointments.
- Customization. Every CEREC crown is precisely customized to your tooth to preserve natural enamel.
- Lower Treatment Costs: Same day crowns reduce the need for temporary crowns and multiple dental visits, saving you time and money.
- Natural Aesthetics: The porcelain used to create same day crowns mimics the appearance of natural enamel, right down to its sheen and translucency. Your dentist will carefully select the shade of porcelain that best matches your smile.
- Comfort and Precision: Digital technology provides predictable, accurate results and easy 3D imaging.
Are You a Candidate for CEREC Dental Crowns?
Dr. Altrock and Dr. Fabb may recommend same day crowns if you are experiencing any of the following dental problems:
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Deep discoloration that doesn’t respond to whitening
- Misshapen teeth
- Severely decaying or damaged teeth
- Uneven bite as a result of teeth grinding
As long as the structure of your original tool can still support a restoration, a same day dental crown is the best way to achieve stunning results.
Where Can I Get CEREC Dental Crowns?
You don’t have to look far to achieve your perfect smile. Altrock Fabb Dental proudly uses state-of-the-art CEREC technology to repair and restore damaged and weakened teeth in the most efficient way possible.
Call Atrock Fabb today to schedule your CEREC same-day crown appointment. Dr. Altrock and Dr. Fabb work together as a close-knit team to provide a full range of customized restorative dentistry services.