Convenient One Visit Crowns (CEREC)
If you’re in need of a crown you might be dreading the multiple visits to the dentist, not to mention trying to make room for the appointments in a busy schedule. Luckily there are CEREC crowns, which can be done in a single visit.
We talk to Dr Johnson from Clear Dental about how the unique benefits of CEREC crowns will have you smiling in no time!
What are CEREC crowns?
A crown is a tooth-shaped ‘cap’ that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance.
The advantage of CEREC crowns is that teeth can be restored within a single appointment.
CEREC (Ceramic Reconstruction) is a dental restoration product produced using a variety of computer technologies.
“It is easy, fast, can be made in-house to match existing teeth perfectly and very convenient, especially because you don’t have to go through messy impressions and wait 2-3 weeks with several visits to complete the process,” says Dr Johnson.
“With CEREC, teeth can be restored in a single sitting, rather than the multiple sittings required with earlier techniques.”
What can you expect?
First off, your cavity is video recorded and used as a digital model to create the CEREC crown. The information is then sent to a milling unit, which mills the actual restoration from a solid block of ceramic material.
The restoration is bonded to the tooth using resin cement which bonds to both the restoration as well as the tooth itself. Milling time varies from as little as four minutes to as long as twenty depending on the complexity of the restoration and the version of the milling unit.
“It’s important for me to offer my patients the latest technologies to create both a functional and attractive smile in the shortest period as possible. A beautiful smile can make a big difference to your self confidence and no doubt will have you smiling a lot more!” says Dr Johnson.
In a nutshell
1. After consultation, a video camera captures the area to be treated (the cavity).
2. The dental prosthesis is then created as a 3D model on the computer.
3. Afterwards, the restoration created on the computer is subsequently milled from a ceramic block.
4. Just a little while later, the finished ceramic restoration is inserted.
Advantages with CEREC
– No unpleasant impression material
– No follow-up appointment
– No bothersome temporary prosthesis
– High accuracy to the margin of restorations
– Less post-op sensitivity
– Metal free restoration
– Single visit