Custom Crowns in Ardmore in Just One Visit with CEREC® Technology
Wasn’t so long ago that repairing an injured or seriously decayed tooth with a dental crown necessitated two appointments with the dentist. At the first visit, your dentist would prepare the tooth to receive the crown, a temporary crown would be placed -- then at the second visit, the crown would be cemented into place. But with life being so busy, who wants to schedule two appointments when one will do the job? With CEREC® by Sirona Dental Systems, Dr. Hughes can design, fabricate and place a number of different ceramic dental restorations in one office visit. Whether your smile needs a dental crown, an inlay or onlay, or even a porcelain veneer, the CEREC®system will complete the work in just a matter of a couple of hours from start to finish.
What is CEREC®?
CEREC®is a technologically advanced dental system that is made up of three components: a digital infrared camera that captures a clear image of your tooth; a computer software program that converts that image into a design for your tooth restoration; and a milling unit where the restoration is fabricated in our office.
Same-Day Dental Crowns with CEREC®
A dental crown may be the appropriate tooth restoration for a tooth that needs more than a filling to repair a cavity or for a tooth with a penetrating crack that threatens the structure of your tooth. If Dr. Hughes determines that your situation warrants a crown, then a same-day crown with CEREC® may be the best treatment option for you.
The CEREC® Process
Your tooth will need to be prepared for the crown, but first we’ll take a digital impression of your tooth as it is before preparation, so your new crown won’t feel any different that your natural tooth. Then, Dr. Hughes will prepare your tooth to make room for the crown. Another image is scanned and together with the previous, the CEREC® 3-D CAD software designs your new crown. The design takes into consideration the correct size, shape and color of your crown.
Then, the design is wirelessly transferred to the milling unit in Dr. Hughes’ office where your dental crown is manufactured in 15 to 20 minutes. You can even watch the process if you like. When completed, the crown is examined and the fit is checked. If necessary, Dr. Hughes can make minor adjustments with hand instruments. Finally, the crown is cemented into place and your previously damaged tooth is once again whole and functional.
Other Tooth Restoration Options with CEREC®
In addition to dental crowns, the CEREC® system is also capable of manufacturing inlays and onlays for tooth repair, as well as porcelain veneers to rebuild or reshape a tooth that is cosmetically imperfect. If you would like more information about the CEREC® System, or to schedule a consultation, contact the dental office of Dr. Hughes.