Dr. Susan Dennis offers CEREC® same-day crowns that have the same sparkle and beauty as natural teeth. This means that instead of living with an intrusive temporary crown while you wait for your crown to be created at a laboratory, you’ll receive your restoration at the same appointment.
CEREC Crowns vs. Traditional Methods
Traditional crowns require the dentist to prepare the tooth for a crown, take an impression, and place a temporary crown in the first appointment. Patients have to live with an uncomfortable temporary for days or weeks while an outside laboratory crafts the permanent crown. Another appointment is then needed to remove the temporary and place the finished crown. In the meantime, the temporary crown can be irritating to wear and may come off prematurely.
CEREC technology means that there is never a need for a temporary crown or a waiting period. Instead, Dr. Dennis will prepare your tooth for a crown and place it during the same appointment. We will take a digital impression with a hand-held scanner—eliminating the need for messy impression material in your mouth—and create the precise specifications for your restoration. Then the computer fabricates your crown from a very strong ceramic material that has been color-matched to your other teeth. The photos above and below show the same three teeth before and after they have been fitted with CEREC crowns.
Another reason to love the CEREC crown is that it is a metal-free restoration. Dr. Dennis is committed to metal-free dentistry whenever possible, and the absence of a metal foundation means a more beautiful and lifelike restoration for you. It also means that your crowns will never develop the dark gumline that is characteristic of porcelain fused to metal crowns.
Finishing and Bonding Your CEREC Crown
The fabrication phase lasts about 20 minutes, and you can spend the time relaxing in your chair with music, a movie or a sports program. Once it is complete, Dr. Dennis will polish your restoration and place it using permanent bonding techniques and materials. You will walk out the door with your new, beautiful crown already in place.
If you would like to find out more about our same-day CEREC crowns, please don’t hesitate to ask. You can call us or fill out our request an appointment form and let us call you.