What Are One-Visit Dental Crowns?
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. This high-tech system allows us to design, make, and place restorations —including crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers — in only ONE office visit. This not only means less time in the dental chair and more convenience for you, but it also means that uncomfortable impression trays full of messy goo in your mouth are a thing of the past! CEREC one-visit dentistry eliminates the need for plastic temporaries in your mouth while laboratory work is completed (a process that can take weeks and a series of dental appointments).
CEREC makes it so you can get the dental treatment you need and then get right back to your busy life and the things that matter most. At Parker Dentistry, we seek to add the available technologies and services to our practice that will make visiting the dentist easier and more comfortable for you.
How Does it Work?
After one of our doctors has examined your tooth and talked with you about the best course of treatment, we will schedule your CEREC visit at a time that is convenient for you. At your appointment, we will prepare your tooth for restoration, saving as much healthy tooth structure as we can. Then, CEREC enables us to restore the tooth during that same visit using a strong, biocompatible porcelain ceramic material that matches the color of your other healthy teeth.
Using a special camera, we take numerous images of the tooth to be repaired. Working from those images, we use CEREC’s CAD/CAM software to digitally design a restoration that we are equipped to mill right in our office.
Milling & Placement
The computer aided milling process is extremely precise, ensuring a natural feeling fit when we bond the newly made restoration to the tooth. A block of the ceramic restorative material is inserted into our onsite CEREC milling unit and then machined to match the exact design specifications sent from the computer program. After only 15 minutes or so, your restoration will be ready to be placed. We polish it before bonding it to your tooth, so it will look and feel as good as your natural tooth, if not better!