Have you ever needed a dental crown in the past? If so, you likely remember the gray, putty-like material that the dentist would ask you to bite into. This mold was essential for capturing a detailed cast of your current teeth so that a crown would properly seal, restore and protect your damaged tooth. However, we understand that many patients don’t enjoy this process. Furthermore, advancements in dental technology have made it possible to remove the need for impression material altogether! To learn more about the benefits of CEREC-made crowns and what you can expect when you visit Dr. Aarati Kalluri, keep reading!
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. It essentially means that the very same crowns that you would need to have created at an offsite dental lab can now be created in the same practice you visit for your routine appointments. Each crown is customized to fit your damaged tooth exactly, ensuring that it offers full protection from oral bacteria, complete restoration of your tooth’s functions, and a natural-looking appearance that blends in with the rest of your smile. Overall, it’s incorporation ensures patients a more seamless, convenient, and productive visit.
The process is relatively straightforward when you need a dental crown. After using a handheld device to capture hundreds of detailed images of your tooth, this data is then sent to our CEREC’s machines onboard computer. These images are used to create a 3D image of your smile, making it easy to design a restoration that fits over your tooth as precisely as possible. Once the final design is complete, we’ll begin the milling process.
In about one hour, you’ll have a replacement tooth that can be fitted the same day as your appointment. That means no waiting, no impression material, and no temporary crown is needed just to receive your permanent crown.
On average, receiving a traditional dental crown takes about two weeks to complete. This is because dental labs are not exclusively serving Infinity Dental Care. In reality, they are serving all the dentists in the area, meaning that their volume is likely to be incredibly high. By keeping the process of crown design and fabrication in-house, our needs are dictated by a third-party who is serving multiple practices in the area.
Furthermore, just because we create our crowns in-house doesn’t mean you aren’t getting a crown that is lifelike, durable and designed to withstand the test of time. CEREC crowns are not any less durable than dental crowns made in offsite labs.
Additionally, using CADCAM software as opposed to impression material means if we need to capture more data, we don’t have to force patients to bite into an additional mold of impression material. This means your overall visit is far more comfortable and easier to complete.