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Cerec® One-Visit crowns. See how it works in this video:
Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and others. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth
Crowns can be made from porcelain, ceramic, porcelain fused to metal, full metal alloy, or a full gold crown. To maintain a natural look and feel a porcelain or ceramic finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.
The Traditional Process
The process of installing a porcelain crown takes 1 - 2 visits to the dentist. On the first visit the tooth will be reshaped, and a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so your new crown can be made to fit in the spot comfortably and aesthetically. Before leaving, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready. The crown takes about 1 - 2 weeks to be returned to your dentist, at this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. So, 1-2 visits, over 1-2 weeks.
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The CEREC® Process
The process of installing a ceramic crown only takes one visit with our new CEREC® technology. CEREC has revolutionized ceramic restorations for patients so that there is no longer a wait between preparing the restoration and finally receiving the finished product.
First, a 3-dimensional image of the tooth that needs to be restored must be created from a digital camera scan of the tooth. This means no unsavory tasting impression for you to gag on. This 3D virtual image of your tooth is then sent digitally to our in-office milling unit where the custom restoration is created.
After the restoration is made, it is ready to be tried on to ensure that you get proper fit and bite. When it is ready, the restoration is polished and bonded into place by your dentist.
The restorations created are metal-free and tooth colored to restore your tooth to its natural beauty, strength and function.
Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years and longer with good care. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing, and flossing and regular exams and cleaning appointments.
Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile, and in just one visit!