CEREC Dental Crowns – Coeur d’ Alene, ID
Restore Teeth Faster and Better in One Visit!
People need dental crowns for a wide variety of reasons. Whether they have extensive decay that’s exposed their inner tooth, a bad sports injury that resulted in a cracked tooth that needs protecting, or they simply want to cover cosmetic imperfections as naturally as possible, dental crowns are a great solution. Unfortunately, many dental practices require the use of impression material to make these crowns, which are often uncomfortable for patients to use and highly susceptible to human error.
What is CEREC?
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetics Ceramics and is classified as a form of CAD/CAM dental technology found in certain practices around the country. CAD/CAM stands for computer-assisted design and manufacturing, which is precisely how the CEREC milling machine operates. Instead of relying on putty-like material to capture molds of your smile and bite, CEREC opts for a more digital approach to crown, filling and even veneer fabrication.
The technology for CEREC was first developed in the 1980s, but now dentists all around the world can create dental crowns all within the practice, allowing for faster and more effective restorations to be fabricated.
How Does CEREC Work?
CEREC is a very straightforward device when it comes to function. To start, the damaged tooth is captured prior to any preparation and stored on a computer as a 3D model. This image is taken via a digital wand attached to the device and operated by Dr. Orban. In less than a minute, he’s able to capture incredibly detailed images of your teeth and use that image as a model for your fabrication.
Afterwards, Dr. Orban can fine-tune the model using CEREC’s CAD software, allowing him to create a restoration that fits over your tooth as closely as possible. Once the model is completed, he can begin the milling process. After shading and blending a block of ceramic to match your current teeth exactly, he’ll place it into the device and start the program. In about an hour, that ceramic block will be carved and shaped into your brand-new, fully customized crown, veneer, filling or other restoration ready for bonding.
How Can CEREC Benefit You?
One of the main benefits of CEREC is the incredible convenience it provides patients and dentists alike. By choosing CEREC for your restoration needs, you can expect:
- A permanent restoration made in a single appointment
- A natural-looking restoration that doesn’t compromise on durability or longevity
- No need for a temporary crown
- No follow-up appointment to have a restoration placed
- No messy dental impressions
- The chance to save more of your natural tooth thanks to added precision and accuracy