There are many reasons why you may need a crown. Crowns are used to cover a tooth after a root canal, cover a broken or cracked tooth, strengthen and cover a weak tooth, and to cover an implant or cover anchor teeth to support a bridge. Crowns may be fabricated from metal, porcelain fused to metal, resin, or be made of ceramic or porcelain. Traditional crowns require multiple office visits to fit and place them. A temporary crown may be placed while you wait for your permanent crown to come back from the lab, and then you have to come back to the office to have your permanent crown placed.
Depending on your situation the doctor may recommend a CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEramic REConstruction) crown. CEREC crowns are made of a solid block of resin or ceramic material. CEREC crowns are made right in the office and there is no need for a temporary crown or for an off-site lab to be used to fabricate your new crown. You can be in and out with a new smile in just about an hour.
CEREC crowns offer your doctor a way to restore and strengthen your smile in just one visit. CEREC uses CAD/CAM technology to take digital images and fabricate your new crown. Your doctor uses digital technology to take an accurate image of the damaged tooth and surrounding teeth. This image is then transferred onto a computer screen and the CAD (Computer Aided Design) technology designs your new crown. Once the doctor is happy with the design the CAD (Computer Aided Manufacturing) creates your new crown while you wait. Once the new crown is fabricated your doctor bonds it to your tooth and your tooth and smile are restored.
A New Smile in Just One Visit
Unlike other types of crowns there is no reason to wait and make multiple visits to our office to fit and place your new crown. Traditional crowns take up to two weeks to be fabricated and sent back to the doctor while CEREC crowns are fabricated right in our office and placed the very same day. You can leave our office with a new natural looking crown. The CEREC technology is backed by over 25 years of research and has been used by thousands of dentists around the world. CEREC technology is the most precise and convenient way to restore your smile and protect your teeth.
Call or contact Westlake Hills Dentistry today and ask about one visit CEREC crowns. We care about your oral health and are excited to offer this cutting edge technology to restore and protect your smile.