CEREC Same-Day Crowns in Highlands Denver
If you have a severely damaged or decayed tooth, you are likely experiencing discomfort. But did you know that you could also be jeopardizing your overall oral health? Whether you’ve damaged your tooth by accident or an old, large filling is starting to fail, your dentist will more than likely recommend a crown to restore the damaged tooth.
In the past, getting a dental crown meant at least two dentist appointments and wearing a temporary restoration between visits. Thanks to CEREC technology, however, you can now get a crown in just one visit to the dentist. Call Highland Smiles to get your natural-looking dental crown, made while you wait!
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!
CEREC is actually an acronym of the following words:
- Chairside—CEREC includes a milling unit located right in our office, so we can make your crown while you wait.
- Economical—Because the patient spends less time in the dental chair, there is less time taken away from work and family.
- Restoration—Traditionally, even more natural-looking than a traditional crown, your CEREC same-day dental crown has similar form and function as your natural tooth.
- Esthetic—Your CEREC dental crown will look completely natural because there is no metal used; you will be the only one who knows you have a crown!
- Ceramic—A strong material, ceramic has the same durability as your natural tooth.
The color and shape of each CEREC restoration are customized to each patient so it fits properly in his or her mouth and matches the other teeth esthetically. This technology restores affected teeth with biocompatible materials, which exhibit high physical and esthetic qualities.
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 Highland Smiles to schedule your appointment for a natural-looking dental crown you can get in just one visit!