What are CEREC Crowns?
April 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

You can know get your dental crown in just one quick dental visit.dental crowns

In the past, when you needed to get a dental crown you had to treat and prep the tooth first, take messy molds of your mouth, place an unreliable temporary crown over the tooth and wait a week or more before visiting your dentist again just so you could have the permanent crown fitted and placed. Well, not anymore! Our Matthews, NC, dentist, Dr. David Feeney, is here to tell you how CEREC crowns could restore your smile in just one appointment.

What are CEREC crowns?

CEREC crowns look just like regular crowns, the only (and major) difference is that you don’t have to make multiple trips to our office in order to get your new restoration. CEREC crowns can be designed, created, and placed all in one visit, saving you time and money.

How does CEREC work?

Once our Matthews cosmetic dentist has deemed you an ideal candidate for CEREC crowns and your tooth has been prepped (meaning that a portion of the tooth has been shaved down to accommodate the crown), the next step is to get accurate measurements of the tooth.

Instead of those awkward and gross putty-like molds from the past, we will take some quick photos with a small digital camera. These digital images will provide us with more accurate and precise measurements of your tooth.

From there, the photos of your tooth are made into 3D images using our special CAD software. Thanks to this amazing computer product, we are able to design a crown that will fit perfectly over your prepared tooth. Once the design process is complete it’s time to make your crown. In the past, we had to turn to an outside dental lab to make the custom crown, but with CEREC technology we don’t have to.

While you sit in our comfortable dental chair, we will place a ceramic block into the milling station. The measurements of your crown are fed into the milling station so it knows exactly how to chisel the perfect restoration to fit over your tooth. Once your crown has been made it’s time to check the fit and then cement it over the tooth to restore your smile.

If you have questions about getting CEREC crowns in Matthews, NC, or you want to talk to us about the other dental services we offer, don’t hesitate to call Dr. Feeney’s office today to schedule a consultation with us.