CEREC and Dental Implants

CERECIf you have lost a tooth, we can provide you with a new one using CEREC technology. This advancement in dentistry allows us to create beautiful and natural looking dental crowns in one visit to our office.  Rather than depending on a dental lab to create crowns or restorations, we can handle the entire process in-house with precision. As our patient, you can benefit from the convenience this offers and the ability to have dental work completed faster.

What is CEREC?

This is a newer technology that allows us to create dental crowns in-house. To do so, we take digital images of your mouth that are then uploaded into our CAD/CAM software program.  This program creates a digital blueprint of your tooth and sends that information to our milling machine.  Next, a crown is essentially printed while you wait. Following exact specifications that include size, shape, and shade, this crown looks entirely natural once our machine is done.

Even though the process is completed quickly and without the need for a dental lab, the crown will be just as strong and durable as if it had been created using the traditional tools. In fact, this method is incredibly precise because it does away with the risk element associated with human error.

Why CEREC is Beneficial

This process saves you a significant amount of time.  When you are replacing a tooth with dental implants, there are several steps to the process.  The first is your initial examination and x-rays to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.  Next, a small titanium post is implanted under the gums and secured to the jawbone.  This is done surgically while you are under anesthesia. Since the body reacts to titanium as if it were natural matter, it will begin to deposit bone around the implant until the process of osseointegration is complete.  Once it is, your implant will be as secure as a natural tooth root would be.  This creates a secure base for an abutment and your new tooth (crown) to be secured to.

Traditionally, your new crown would be created by the dental lab and it would take several weeks to get back to you after the request had been sent out.  By this time you will have already undergone surgery and waited for osseointegration to take place, meaning that you are probably looking forward to getting it over with. At this point in the process, the best way to do so is to visit our dental office so that we can create your dental crown while you wait.

Once your crown is ready, we will look to see if any adjustments need to be made for it to fit perfectly and look completely natural.  If so, we can make changes in our office as well, which further decreases the need to involve the dental lab. Once it is complete, your new tooth can be attached and you will be ready to show off your beautiful and fully restored smile.

More Options for CEREC

We can also use CEREC dentistry to complete chairside restorations if you have damaged a tooth.

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Traditional Crowns vs. CEREC: The Process

Typically if you visit a dental office in need of a restoration because you have an infected tooth, the first part of the process will be to remove the infection. The same is true if you have a significant amount of dental decay. Once the infection is gone and the tooth is ready to be restored, it will need to be prepared. The preparation of the tooth involves removing a portion of the dental enamel so that once the crown is placed it can fit securely without causing a significant impact on the teeth around it.  This is where the similarities between the process of receiving a traditional crown and CEREC crown end.

With a traditional crown, an impression will then be made of your mouth and measurements taken, which will then be sent to the dental lab for a new crown to be created. Since your tooth will be sensitive due to the enamel loss, a temporary crown will be secured in place using removable glue. You will then go home and wear your temporary crown for several weeks while the new one is created. This can be inconvenient since temporary crowns are not very durable or secure. Finally, you will return to the dentist to have the temporary crown removed and the permanent one bonded in place.

The CEREC process is different because we take digital images that are then uploaded into our computer software. The software creates a 3D image of the tooth and a blueprint that is then sent to our milling machine. Your new tooth will essentially be printed while you wait.  This may take an hour or so, but once done, it will be bonded in place using dental cement and you will be free to go.  There is no need to wear a temporary crown and no need to return for a second appointment.  In only a few hours, you will be ready to enjoy your newly restored tooth.

For anyone with a busy schedule or someone who simply likes fast results, CEREC is a far better solution than traditional dental crowns. Since both look natural and are durable, there is no drawback to saving yourself time by using new technology.

Save Time and Call Today

Don't waste time visiting the dentist two or three times for a single dental crown or restoration. Instead, call Asha Dental and experience the benefits of CEREC dentistry for yourself. In only one appointment, we can complete your restoration and improve the functionality and appearance of your smile. There is truly nothing more convenient than that.

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