Tired of the sensitive temporary crown? Wish you didn’t have that second visit to get your permanent crown? Wait no longer because in 60 to 90 minutes you can enter and leave our office with your permanent crown instead of that bothersome temporary.
Cerec or CAD/CAM dental technology in not brand new. The first cerec was introduced in 1980 and has rapidly evolved into 3-D imaging taken with a BlueCam LED camera. Dr. Smith, with over 40 hours in additional training with this specific technology, takes a picture of your tooth or your bite and uploads it into the computer. He then prepares the tooth for a crown, inlay, onlay, or veneer. Dr. Smith prefers partial crowns as they save tooth structure compared to full crowns. Another 3-D optical picture is taken, and he proceeds to design your crown on the computer.
The image of your crown is then sent wirelessly to a machine that mills it out of a solid porcelain block. The milling process takes as little as 4 minutes – about the same time you sit with gagging impression in your mouth with traditional crowns. Dr. Smith and staff go a step further and personally glaze and characterize your crown and place it in a firing oven. The average time to do this takes 15 minutes – about the same time it takes the assistant to make the brittle temporary. The crown is then bonded to the tooth and you are out the door. Amazing!
Cerec crowns are an excellent same-day procedure, and a majority of treatments can be performed this way. Yet we do not use or recommend them in every case. Each patient is evaluated on their individual circumstance and needs. This way we personalize each treatment plan. Ask us whether a Cerec crown can be used in your case.