CAD-CAM equipment is used to produce a 3-D model of your teeth
If you have a tooth that is badly worn down or broken, it can be beautifully restored in just one visit with a CEREC crown from Hillsdale Dental Care. This technique, also referred to as Crown in a Day, quickly eliminates any concern or embarrassment you may have because of a damaged tooth that is detracting from your smile. No impressions of your teeth are needed, and you won’t need to wear a temporary crown.
What Is a CEREC Crown?
A dental crown is commonly referred to as a “cap.” A crown covers the entire tooth, from the gumline up, to protect it from further damage. A CEREC crown is made entirely of porcelain, so no dark line will eventually show at your gumline as with a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown. And you receive the crown in just one visit.
A CEREC Crown in One Visit – How It’s Done
CAD-CAM (computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing) dentistry is used to quickly and efficiently restore your tooth in one visit. We will glide a small, intraoral camera over your teeth to produce a three-dimensional model of them. No impressions of your teeth are needed. The model is used to produce a crown that precisely fits over your damaged tooth.
We have a CEREC milling unit in our office. A block of porcelain is placed in the unit and, based on the 3-D image of your tooth, a crown is made for you. You save time, because we make your crown. We don’t have to send impressions and instructions to an off-site laboratory for it to be made. In about twenty minutes, a natural-looking crown is made. You can relax and take a break during the brief wait.
How We Prepare Your Tooth for a CEREC Crown
A crown is placed over your natural tooth, so for it to fit properly, the size of your natural tooth must be reduced. We will numb your tooth, remove any decay, and shave it down to accommodate the crown. Dental bonding will be applied to the surface of your natural tooth, and the crown will be secured to it.
How Long Does a CEREC Crown Last?
Crowns are made in our office in a CERIC milling unit
This crown can last ten to twenty years or more. But it’s important that you take good care of it. You must be diligent about brushing and flossing around the crown. Debris and plaque can build around a crown just as they do around natural teeth.
If you grind or clinch your teeth, it can shorten the lifespan of a crown. Let us know if you have either of these habits, so we can offer suggestions to help preserve your crown. Avoid chewing on brittle or hard foods, which can affect the adhesion of the crown, or damage the crown itself.
What Can You Expect?
We are confident that your experience receiving a Crown in a Day will be very positive—much like our patient Debi, who commented, “I received a crown yesterday and it was pretty easy considering it was the dentist. One time visit, two hours—done! No returns.”
Another patient said, “I received great service. Everyone was hospitable, and they allowed me to take breaks during the down time while the crown was being made. It’s wonderful that I can get a new crown custom made right there in the office. The technology is super cool.”
If you are interested in restoring a tooth in just one visit, call us to schedule an appointment. If you want to ask a few questions first and discuss your options, request a complimentary consultation.