CEREC® Single-Visit Crowns
CEREC® is a CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and manufacturing) system designed to fabricate crowns and other restorations within the dental office. CEREC® dentistry has vastly improved the process required to prepare and deliver a crown and several other laboratory-made restorations. The conventional procedure for providing a patient with a crown involved a minimum of two visits, one to take the impression and make a temporary crown, and one to deliver the final crown. CEREC® technology allows us to make crowns and restorations while you wait here in the office, condensing the typical two visits into one. This process gives us full control over the final result and provides much more convenience to our patients.
The CEREC® Process
After we prepare the tooth, we take a digital impression using the CEREC® Omnicam’s continuous HD video capture of the area and the opposing teeth. This step replaces taking a physical impression using a tray full of impression “goop” that most patients don’t particularly enjoy. After all this information is processed by the computer, we then design the crown so that it fits naturally with the surrounding and opposing teeth.
Once the crown’s design is finalized, the exact size and shape of the crown is sent to our in-office milling unit, which then begins to mill the crown from a solid block of porcelain. The final result is a strong and esthetic all-ceramic crown delivered in just one visit.
How Long is the Procedure?
Depending on the nature of each individual case, this procedure usually takes about 2 hours to complete; however, the patient does not need to be in the chair for this entire duration. While the crown is being made, there is considerable downtime for relaxation, watching TV, catching up on work, or even watching the crown being made.
How Does CEREC® Benefit the Patient?
- No messy, uncomfortable impressions
- No temporaries that can fall out or break
- No second visit for crown delivery
- No worrying about sending back to the lab for a re-do (and ANOTHER visit)
- Natural tooth structure can be conserved with all-ceramic crowns
- No greyish appearance along the gumline associated with conventional porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns
Before and After:
What Else Can This Technology Do?
We now integrate CEREC® and Omnicam with our Cone Beam 3-D X-ray to provide computer-guided implant placement. For additional information, click here.
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