Your dental professional may recommend dental crowns for teeth that are cracked, have had too many cavities, or are experiencing any damage. Teeth that are cracked and affected by cavities tend to harm your smile and make everyday activities like eating and talking painful and difficult. As a result, they will need restoration. Dental crowns are specially crafted caps that go over the portion of the tooth that is visible above your gums. Dental crowns can bring the joy back to your smile, but CEREC crowns can have you smiling from ear to ear in just one appointment!
Because the CEREC system is so advanced and we are so proud to have invested in CEREC technology, we are here to answer your commonly asked questions regarding CEREC crown treatments.
1. What Does CEREC Stand For?
CEREC stands for “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics”. Though they serve the same purpose as traditional crowns, CEREC crowns have the upper hand when it comes to the process. With traditional crowns, your crowns are created in a lab and require an extra day (at least) to get them back to your dental professional. CEREC crowns allow your dental professional to create your crowns then and there, rather than having to use temporary crowns until you come back for your second appointment.
2. How Are They Made?
To create your CEREC crowns, there are many high-tech tools involved. At Paradise Dental, we take the following steps to create your CEREC crowns.
– First, we will take a digital photo of the damaged tooth and the teeth that are surrounding it using an intraoral camera.
– Next, we use our VITA Easyshade® device in order to perfectly match the crowns to the natural color of your teeth in order to create a seamless smile.
– The CEREC design program then takes all of that information to create a virtual blueprint of your crowns.
– After the design is perfect and complete, we will begin fabricating your restorations with an in-house milling machine, all while you sit comfortably and relax.
– Finally, we will place in your final restorations!
You will leave our office the same day with a seamless, natural looking smile that you will be able to see right away.
3. How Long Do They Last?
CEREC crowns last about as long as your typical crowns; 10-15 years with proper care. They also require less maintenance than your typical crowns because they fit on your teeth more precisely than other crowns.
CEREC Crowns With Paradise Dental
Dr. Stephen Hamelburg became one of the very first dental practitioners to use the CEREC system over 15 years ago in 1999. Since investing in CEREC, we have gone through extensive training and constantly keep up with the latest, state-of-the-art software. The innovative CEREC technology allows our dental professionals to design, create, and place in the crowns all in one appointment! For any remaining questions or concerns you may have regarding CEREC crown technology, do not hesitate to give us a call at 781-230-7086.