Technological innovations have made so many aspects of dentist visits better. However, in the last 20 years, the advancement in CEREC (Chairside Economic Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) technology has provided perhaps the greatest leap in convenience for patients. This incredible machine can shape dental ceramics in a matter of minutes. That means your dentist can fabricate a dental crown for you while he or she completes the rest of your appointment. You’ll receive the crown in the same visit, so you won’t have to schedule a bunch of additional appointments.
CEREC Dental Technology Eliminates Annoying Steps
If you’ve received a dental crown using the traditional avenue, you understand what a hassle the process is. Your dentist has to take measurements of your teeth and then send them to a laboratory so that a technician can fabricate the crown. In the meantime, you’re left with a temporary crown. These crowns haven’t been fitted to your mouth, so they’re often uncomfortable, and they can even pop off at times. Then you need a follow up visit to remove the temporary crown and place your actual crown. If the fabrication is off, that means more waiting.
Imaging Cameras Allow Your Dentist to Map Your Teeth
To fabricate your dental crown using a CEREC machine, your dentist first needs measurements of the tooth being treated, and the surrounding teeth. Using a camera with 3D imaging technology, your dentist can map your teeth, and create an accurate model. This ensures that when the CEREC machine begins crafting your crown, it creates a restoration that fits alongside your other teeth. The camera and machine are incredibly accurate. However, if an issue were to arise, and the crown was somehow made improperly, it would only take a matter of minutes to correct the issue and make a new crown.
The CEREC Machine Itself Is Incredible to See
The CEREC unit is actually a relatively small case. Your dentist or a technician will place a small block of dental ceramic inside the machine. They can choose between different finishes on the ceramic so that the final product matches the color of your other teeth. With the lid closed, the machine’s two blades start precisely carving the ceramic into the exact shape needed to fit your tooth. Often, the entire fabrication takes only between two and five minutes. Then, your dentist can place your crown.
Coppertop Family Dentistry Offers Same-Day Dental Crowns
Don’t let the process of receiving a dental crown prevent you from seeking treatment. CEREC technology eliminates all of the hassle-inducing steps. Coppertop Family Dentistry makes the entire experience easy and comfortable. Explore same-day dental crown options by contacting Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR at 541-923-5927.