Dr. Nugent offers same-day tooth restorations with our advanced CEREC system. The CEREC system is a complete chairside Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) system that produces crowns in one dental visit. The restored tooth will be metal-free, as the crown is made from a cosmetic high strength ceramic. Using a handheld scanner, Dr. Nugent’s assistant will capture true 3-D intraoral images. No more gagging messy impression material. Then Dr. Nugent will then create a virtual model and design a custom made restoration. Dr. Nugent is in total control of your new crown. Next, the data is sent to the milling unit and your new crown is made.
CEREC Technology: Convenience, Quality and Speed
There are several advantages of CEREC over old fashioned dental lab crowns:
- CEREC restorations are made in one visit, saving the patient time and the inconvenience of multiple visits.
- The restoration will be completed in one visit. Thus, there is no need for a plastic temporary restoration that can break or fall off.
- The strong, cosmetic ceramic will restore your tooth to its natural strength, beauty, and function.
- Milled ceramic is stronger than the traditional layering and pressing of ceramic, so your smile will stay beautiful for years!
What Exactly Is a CEREC Dental Crown?
CEREC is an abbreviation for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. This is a system that uses computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) to create materials for dental restoration. Crowns, dental implants, fixed bridges, inlays and onlays, veneers, dentures, and some orthodontic equipment can be designed using this cutting-edge technique.
Dentists can now make dental crowns out of materials such as metal, porcelain, ceramic, and resin. A CEREC crown, on the other hand, is comprised of incredibly durable ceramic. The entire process can be completed in a one visit since they use computer-assisted equipment that is available on-site to design, produce, and place these crowns.
Examining and Preparing the Teeth
Dr. Nugent will first inspect your teeth to determine whether a CEREC crown is appropriate for you. He will then begin the procedure by prepping the injured tooth. This entails the removal of cavities as well as weakened tooth tissue. Dr. Nugent will then dry the area and prepare for the next phase.
Impression in Digital Form
Dr. Nugent’s assistant will use an intraoral camera to take a digital camera scan of your tooth. The program on the computer will generate digital photographs of the tooth surface. The machine will convert and fuse together multiple static photographs to create a single 3-D model of your teeth.
The machine will build the exact dental crown required for your teeth at this process. We select the ceramic block that matches adjacent teeth. The device can then begin to construct the crown. It will only take around 5 to 15 minutes to mill the new crown.
Putting on the Crown
The freshly created crown is ready to be placed in a ceramic oven for 25 minutes where the crown gets extremely hard. Once the crown is out of the oven, and cools to room temperature, Dr. Nugent will cement the crown into place.
Because of the short design process, same-day service is possible, so you can obtain a new crown in only one visit. You don’t have to take time off work or miss a class because you don’t have to go to the dentist many times. CEREC crowns allow you to save time and get results the same day.
Temporary Crowns Are Not Required
Your dentist will place a temporary crown on your tooth to safeguard it between office appointments with traditional dental crowns. A CEREC crown process, on the other hand, eliminates the need to wear a temporary crown while you wait for the lab to create a bespoke one.
Say Goodbye to Difficult Dental Impressions
Because the dentist will take digital impressions of your teeth to create a 3D model, dental plaster will not be required to capture the alignment and contour of your teeth. The CEREC system eliminates the need for large, messey, and painful impression trays.
One might believe that dental crowns manufactured in a single visit are of inferior quality than traditional counterparts. That, thankfully, is not the case. The materials used in the CEREC system are the same materials dental labs use for crowns.
More Life Like Appearance
Because it lacks a metal core, CEREC crowns appears more natural and blends in better with the rest of your teeth.
CEREC Crowns – A Timely Improvement
The most significant advantage of a CEREC crown is that it can be created and machined directly in our Pasadena Dental Office. Patients obtain a faultless personalized crown in just one visit, thanks to the newest CAD/CAM technology and cutting-edge milling equipment!
While CEREC crowns are a quick option, is it the only advantage of the CEREC crown system?
In a nutshell, no! However, in order to see the various benefits of this sort of crown, we must first understand the processes involved.
What are CEREC crowns and how do they work?
Typically, lab-made crowns necessitate a physical impression. For patients, this means biting down on mushy impression material for five minutes. This can be both messy and unpleasant. It can also be a very painful experience for those with a low gag reflex in some cases.
CEREC crowns, on the other hand, take digital impressions. It takes a 3D image of the area during a short and pleasant process, which is then loaded into a computer software. Dr. Nugent designs your perfect crown and send your crown to the milling unit. The new crown is milled out of a solid block. The CEREC crown is then taken, fitted, and polished to match your existing teeth on the same day it is manufactured.
CEREC crowns provide precise accuracy each and every time.
One of the most significant disadvantages of conventional crowns is their lack of precision.
Consider this for a moment: there are just too many variables that can cause a lab-made crown to be erroneous or inaccurate.
First, there’s the messy business of making an impression. The perfect dental crown is dependent on the impression being taken being completely accurate. This is determined by a number of factors, including:
- The quality of impression material being used
- The patient’s willingness to cooperate
- Whether a custom-fabricated tray is used or not, a one-size-fits-all imprint tray may not provide the exact fit required.
- The amount of saliva in the mouth, which may or may not cause the impression to be distorted.
- The dentist’s ability to take an impression.
Even if everything aligns (which is generally quite unlikely), the finished result will not be as precise as a 3d scanner taking photos for CEREC crowns.
The impression-taking part is merely the initial stage; the modeling process follows.
Traditional lab-fabricated crowns, unlike CEREC crowns, begin with a powder and water mix. This is blended and put into the impression mould, resulting in a stone-like cast. There will almost always be some variation in the combination. This can present issues when it comes to duplicating the patient’s jaws and teeth’s biting accuracy.
If that isn’t enough, the technician must then melt hot wax onto the model’s newly produced cast to construct the new crown/crowns. Again, results may vary depending on the pouring abilities of the person making the crown.
As you can see, there are numerous procedures that can and do fail.
How do CEREC crowns work?
CEREC crowns are designed in such a way that any potential defects are eliminated. Digital scans are extremely accurate.
Now that you know how CEREC crowns are manufactured, the question is whether they are right for you.
Dr. Nugent is a Family Dentist in Pasadena, Texas. Dr. Nugent believes in having the best dental technology in order to deliver modern dentistry to his patients. His office is located at 3421 Burke Rd Ste A, Pasadena, Texas 77504. Dr. Nugent is a leading dental implant dentist and cosmetic dentist. Furthermore, Dr. Nugent provides sedation dentistry in his office for patients who have extreme dental fear. Get the best dental care for your family.