CEREC Same-Day Porcelain Crowns
You may have an older relative with many gold molars that you can see when he opens his mouth. You’ve probably heard him call these his “caps.” It’s an apropos title, as the gold “caps” fit over his natural teeth down to the gumline.
Today, you’ll usually hear these dental prosthetics referred to as crowns. This is probably because crowns are now usually made from dental porcelain and look just like your natural teeth, rather than distinct caps over the teeth.
At The Hills Dental Spa, we have the awesome capability of preparing your tooth, creating the porcelain crown, and placing it all in just a single appointment. We can do this thanks to our CEREC® 3D design and milling system.
What is a porcelain crown?
Crowns are used for both functional and aesthetic purposes. Dr. Winters uses crowns to save teeth that have extensive decay, deep cracks, or other damage that is extensive enough to otherwise merit extraction. The crown covers the natural tooth down to the gumline, returning strength and function, allowing the patient to keep the natural tooth. Crowns also form the abutment anchors on the healthy teeth on both ends of a dental bridge. Aesthetically, crowns can be used to completely change the shape or appearance of a tooth.
How is a CEREC porcelain crown placed?
At most dental practices, having a tooth crowned takes two appointments: one to prepare the tooth and the second to place the lab-created crown. At The Hills Dental Spa, we know your time is valuable, so we’ve made this process just a single appointment. Here’s how it works.
First, Dr. Winters prepares the tooth to receive the crown. This makes room for the crown to cover the tooth without taking up any more space than the original tooth occupied. Plus, it creates excellent bonding surfaces.
At this point, other practices take goopy dental impressions and send these off to a dental lab for fabrication of your crown. At The Hills Dental Spa we simply take various measurements and images of your tooth, and these are sent directly to our CEREC® 3D system. The system software allows Dr. Winters to create a three dimensional design of your crown right in the office. Once his design is finished, he’ll share it with you for your approval.
Now Dr. Winters sends the final design data to the CEREC® milling station. The milling station takes a small block of solid dental porcelain and mills it to the precise specs of Dr. Winters’s design. This milling usually takes around 30 minutes.
When your custom CEREC® crown is finished, Dr. Winters checks the color match with your adjacent teeth. Then he places the crown on your tooth temporarily so you can test the fit. Once both of your are satisfied, he cements it onto your tooth and your once-endangered tooth now sports a sparkling new porcelain crown and is ready for biting and chewing. This is all done in a single appointment!