CEREC – Marietta, GA
A Faster Solution for Damaged Teeth!
Did you need a crown in the past but couldn’t make time to attend the second appointment? While you were waiting to have a dental crown made, did your temporary crown ever come loose or fall off completely? Problems like these only make dental placement difficult and more time-consuming than it needs to be. Fortunately, there is a better solution. At Biologic Dentistry, Dr. John Hamel can create your dental crown in as little as one hour without sacrificing the quality of the crown. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment!
What is CEREC?
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramics and specifically refers to the software used to create dental crowns. The device itself is a milling machine that uses CAD/CAM technology, which stands for computer-assisted design and manufacture. This allows for lab-quality design and fabrication to be performed entirely in the dental office. CEREC uses the same natural-looking and durable ceramic material you’d expect from a dental lab, so you don’t have to worry about the crown blending in with your smile or maintaining strength and durability.
What is the Process?
The process for CEREC-made crowns is very straightforward. First, Dr. Hamel will capture a digital scan of your tooth. This is performed using a digital wand which takes many images of your tooth to create a 3D image. This data is then sent to CEREC’s program where we can make modifications as needed. Once the model is complete, we can start the milling process.
Every crown is fabricated from a single block of ceramic. Prior to fabrication, Dr. Hamel makes sure the crown is blended and shaded to match your existing teeth as closely as possible. The milling process takes about an hour to complete per crown. After it’s made, we will then fit the crown and make sure your bite comes together naturally.
What Benefits Can I Expect?
One of the main benefits of CEREC crowns is their convenience. Instead of scheduling two appointments and waiting two weeks just to receive one crown, you can get the crown designed, fabricated and placed entirely in one visit. By keeping the creation process in-house, Dr. Hamel can be more involved in the design and shaping of the crown, rather than rely on a third party. If the crown doesn’t fit or look exactly right, he can easily make adjustments on the fly.
Furthermore, you do not need to use impression material to obtain an accurate model of your tooth. That means it’s far less likely that you’ll need to bite into the putty-like material, which many patients find unpleasant. It also means there’s no need to wear a temporary crown since you don’t have to wait for your permanent crown to be fabricated.
If your teeth are damaged, don’t settle for an inferior crown fabrication process. Schedule an appointment to protect your teeth in just one appointment!