Getting a dental crown is usually a lengthy process that entails multiple trips to the dentist. But CEREC technology saves time by automating the crown fabrication process with precise digital measurements and on-site milling. The result is a perfectly fitted ceramic crown that’s ready within a single appointment.
The Technology Behind CEREC Crowns
Same-day crowns are made with technology called “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics” and abbreviated as CEREC. As the name indicates, CEREC crowns are ceramic restorations designed right there in the treatment room.
CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) technology allows dentists to quickly produce durable CEREC crowns. Dr. Tostado can use the CEREC machine here at 5 Star Dental Group to make you a durable ceramic crown within one visit.
Here’s how that appointment will look:
- Dr. Tostado will prepare your tooth by removing the outer layer and shaping it to hold a crown
- Dr. Tostado will scan your teeth with a digital wand and upload the data to a computer program
- The CEREC machine will carve a crown out of a piece of solid ceramic based upon the digital measurements
- Dr. Tostado will check the fit of the crown on your tooth and then bond it in place
The Advantages of CEREC
CEREC same-day crowns have several advantages. First, they save a good deal of time since you only have to make one trip to the dental office. They also eliminate the need to fuss with an annoying temporary crown which is necessary when you have to wait for a traditional crown to be completed.
Secondly, since the CEREC dental crown process is almost completely automated, the margin for error is extremely small. You can expect your same-day ceramic crown to fit very well. Additionally, CEREC crowns are metal-free.
Finally, the digital design process means you won’t need any messy dental impressions.
Is a ceramic same-day crown right for you? These crowns are definitely time-savers, but Dr. Tostado may recommend a different type of crown depending on what your tooth needs.
Find out which type of crown is best for you by visiting Dr. Tostado. Call our office for an appointment or fill out the Request an Appointment form.