Serenity Dental Offers CEREC Crowns in Littleton, CO
The field of restorative dentistry has greatly improved thanks to modern, state-of-the-art technology. In our Littleton dental office, we use CEREC technology to craft and customize crowns for patients in need of dental restorations. With CEREC, patients can receive the same high quality crown within one single dental appointment.
What is CEREC?
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic and is comprised of several computer-assisted design (CAD) tools and a milling machine. The system creates almost any ceramic restoration to order within 24 hours, meaning the dentist can place the restoration immediately.
The CEREC system is comprised of three major components:
Acquisition device: This device is home to a high-quality camera and a medical grade computer. The function of this unit is to photograph the prepared tooth. Three-dimensional images are created of the tooth, which are transferred onto the computer screen. The dentist uses the images to design the perfect ceramic restoration.
Three-dimensional CAD software: This software allows the dentist to examine the tooth from every angle. It is the closest possible thing to holding the tooth in the hands and rotating it.
Milling device: This unit actually manufactures the custom restoration from the specifications entered into the computer. A ceramic block, which best resembles the existing tooth color is chosen and placed into the unit. Within minutes, the milling device produces the restoration the dentist designed. No bad-tasting impressions or time-consuming transfers to and from the laboratory are required.
How Can CEREC Benefit Me?
CEREC can benefit almost anyone needing a ceramic restoration device. Exceptions include patients who have a prior history of breaking ceramic devices and those with a deep bite.
Some advantages of CEREC include:
- No temporary restorations.
- High-quality ceramic products.
- Minimal invasiveness.
- Less injections and discomfort.
- Fewer dental visits.
- Cost effectiveness.
- More natural tooth is saved.
- Long lasting restorations.
- Biocompatible solutions.
CEREC devices are proven to last over five years, but recent research indicates that most CEREC restorations last for more than 10 years.
CEREC Same-Day Crowns in Littleton
The first step in the procedure is to prepare the tooth. The dentist removes all tooth decay and creates an impression using the Cerec Omnicam. This allows the acquisition device to take a highly detailed picture of the tooth.
The image is transferred onto a computer screen. It is here that the dentist is able to view the tooth from every angle and design the final restoration. Once the design is complete, the image is transmitted to the milling unit. The dentist chooses a block of ceramic that matches the color of the teeth. This ensures the restoration will blend seamlessly with existing teeth.
Within 15 minutes, the full crown is complete. The restoration is made of compressed porcelain rather than laboratory-layered porcelain, which enhances strength and durability.
Before affixing the restoration to the tooth, the dentist will place it dry to ensure it fits perfectly. It is then polished and affixed to the tooth with dental cement. The procedure is now complete, all within one dental appointment!
Call Us Today!
The quality of CEREC restorations is the same as laboratory-generated results, but with a great deal of time and money saved. For more information about CEREC same-day crowns or to schedule a consultation with our Littleton dentist, contact Serenity Dental today!