Sometimes a dental filling just isn’t enough to support a tooth from wearing down or fracturing. In this case, a dental crown is the best solution to help restore a tooth to its natural function and esthetics. At Skeens Family Dentistry, we utilize the most advanced dental techniques like CEREC same day crowns. This level of technology guarantees optimal restorative results at the most convenient level of comfort.
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic which offers replacement for a natural tooth. CEREC utilizes an innovative CAD/CAM (Computer Aided/Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) system to mill a custom ceramic crown in a single visit, avoiding the multiple dental visits and temporary crowns needed for traditional crown restorations. The custom crowns are metal free and are usually created in less than one hour.
Your Dental Clinic Encinitas practice is proud to offer CAD/CAM technology to create a digital impression and convert it into a 3-dimensional model of your tooth and mouth. This technology allows a custom tooth to be fabricated at the highest level of precision and reduces chances for the crown not fitting well or matching your adjacent teeth.
One of the major benefits of CEREC is the convenience of getting a tooth restored in a single dental visit. Skip that second visit or missing a work or family event! Traditionally, a crown restoration may take 2-3 visits, impressions in plaster that may distort or crowns that need many adjustments. The CEREC process is a quick and seamless procedure that uses digital impressions, making the visit more comfortable and accurate than traditional impressions.
The prognosis of a CEREC restoration shows they can have a 5 year success rate of close to 95%. The materials used to fabricate CEREC crowns are highly durable and are expected to last for 10 years or more. The reason for their durability is the strong ceramic material and precision of the crown due to the highest level of technology.
The shade of the CEREC ceramic is very close to your natural teeth, making it look discreet and unnoticeable. There is no uncomfortable temporary restoration that does not fit as well or appear as unnatural looking. Lastly, a CEREC crown uses a single block of ceramic instead of molded ceramic and metal making it a reliable and stable restoration.
The procedure to create a CEREC is done on a 3-D printer. A CEREC crown is created using a CAD/CAM 3-D printer to fabricate custom dental restorations. Your dentist will use a scanner to take digital photographs of your prepped tooth that needs a crown. The CEREC machine will mill the crown out of ceramic, which typically takes about 15 minutes. The new crown is then fit and adjusted, and permanently cemented. The entire process of receiving a custom milled crown from start to finish is usually 1-2 hours.
If you are in need of a dental crown, a CEREC may be the best option for you. Some of the most common reasons why a crown is necessary include:
Care for a CEREC is the same as any other crown restoration. Good oral hygiene and routine dental visits ensure a long lasting restoration. Avoid eating sticky and chewy foods to prevent any potential problems or decay.
If you are interested in a natural looking and durable crown and don’t want to wait a few weeks to get it, a CEREC is an incredible dental treatment that can fit your needs. Schedule a consultation with Skeens Family Dentistry today to discuss CEREC and all of your dental needs.
Welcome to the Encinitas dental office of Gregory Skeens, JR., DDS. We are your home for caring dental treatment that supports superior oral health and helps you achieve the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Our modern facility is equipped with cutting-edge technology and our team is here to make your visit enjoyable and relaxing.
We take a truly individualized approach to dentistry, which is why our practice is so popular. After every treatment, Encinitas dentist Dr. Skeens personally makes follow- up phone calls to patients to ensure that they are feeling well. Your comfort and well-being are of ultimate importance.