In days past, when you needed dental crowns you had to visit a dentist, have impressions of the affected tooth taken, and have the impressions sent to the lab for the crown to be fabricated. You were fitted with a temporary crown to tide you over, and possibly weeks later, you were able to return to the dentist and have the new crown placed on your tooth. Today, CEREC® dental crowns are designed to cut this entire process into a single visit.
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. It utilizes computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology to construct and produce ceramic restorations in just a single appointment. The process begins when Dr. Perrotta creates digital impressions of the teeth from one or more scans. She then uses CEREC software to take these scans and create a virtual model of the affected tooth and the surrounding teeth. After that, our dentists are able to design the restoration using CAD, during which a 3D model is created. Once that is complete, the doctor can then use CAM technology to mill the restoration from a solid piece of ceramic, tooth-colored material. The entire milling process usually takes anywhere from 6 to 15 minutes. The crown can then be adhered to the affected tooth as if it was a traditional, lab-fabricated crown.
Patients who choose CEREC can name many advantages to the treatment, but time is often one of the greatest. Being able to keep treatment to a single office visit means that patients spend less time worrying about their oral health and dealing with dietary limitations and discomfort from a temporary crown.
If you think CEREC same day crowns in Bethel, CT, might be right for you, we invite you to come speak with our dentists to learn more. With the use of CEREC technology, our dentists, Drs. Ken SanGiacomo and Joann M. Perrotta, have changed the lives of countless patients. Call to schedule your appointment today.