WE OFFER CEREC SINGLE VISIT PORCELAIN CROWNS TO LINCOLN PATIENTS
A dental crown may be necessary if a patient has a tooth that is cracked, chipped, broken or fractured. In addition, a recently placed dental implant or a tooth root that no longer has a nerve and has been cleaned out (i.e., a root canal) may need a crown. Previously, creating a patient’s crown was a tedious and lengthy process, but that was before the revolutionary Chair-side Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC) method of creating a dental crown became possible.
The Traditional Dental Crown Process vs. the CEREC Method
The traditional process involves filling dental trays with a putty-type substrate and placing these trays into the patient’s mouth. Then, for several minutes, the patient gently bites down on the substrate. As the substrate becomes firmer, the impression of his or her teeth is being created. This impression is used by an off-site laboratory to create the patient a custom-designed dental crown. The traditional process for making a dental crown is a time-consuming and costly one: With a traditional crown, patients must return to the office several times. However, this is not typically the case when the CEREC method is used.
The CEREC method is much faster because the dental crown is made in-house during the patient’s appointment. Furthermore, many CEREC treatments are completed during a single office visit; thus, reducing the overall cost for the patient.
What is the CEREC Method?
While performing the CEREC method, a milling machine is used in conjunction with three-dimensional, computer-assisted design (CAD) tools. The CEREC method is frequently referred to as the CAD-CAM System. CAD is the acronym for computer-assisted design and CAM is the acronym for computer-assisted milling.
There are three major components to the CEREC system:
The acquisition device — this device houses a medical-grade computer and high-quality camera. This unit photographs the tooth once it is prepared. Three-dimensional images of the tooth are created and become visible on the screen. Dr. Allen Korte uses these images to design the patient a perfect ceramic restoration.
The CAD software — the CAD software tools allow Dr. Korte to view the patient’s tooth from every angle. This ability makes using CAD the closest option available to physically holding and rotating the patient’s tooth, barring extraction.
The CAM — this milling unit manufactures the patient’s custom restoration according to the specifications provided by the computer. The restoration is created using a ceramic block. The block chosen will resemble the existing color of the patient’s teeth. The block is placed into the milling unit and within just a few minutes, the patient’s custom-made dental crown is ready. Dr. Allen Korte can place it immediately.
The Benefits of CEREC Crowns
Besides a reduction in cost and fewer visits to the dentist, CEREC crowns offer patients a variety of other benefits.
Some of these benefits include:
The CEREC restoration is created using high-quality ceramic.
There is no need for a temporary restoration.
The procedure is minimally invasive.
The precise measurements ensure the patient’s restoration fits securely in place the first time.
More of the patient’s natural tooth is saved.
The shade of the patient’s dental prosthesis will match the shade of his or her other teeth.
The patient will need fewer injections and experience less discomfort.
There are no messy impressions to create.
The CEREC method is a biocompatible solution.
Patients enjoy long-lasting restorations, frequently lasting 5 to 10+ years.
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