CEREC One-Visit Dentistry
CEREC® Dentists in Warren, PA
Dental crowns are a great solution to restore your tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure, such as a root canal or when decay has become so advanced that a large portion of the tooth must be removed. Dental crowns can also be used to correct deformed, discolored teeth, or replace worn existing crowns and teeth with multiple fillings. Dental crowns are durable and function and look like your other teeth to create a natural looking smile. Best yet, using CEREC technology, dental crowns can be made and placed the same day without goopy impressions, temporaries or second appointments. Dr. Peter Hoffmann and Dr. Whitney Paul are proud to offer CEREC® technology. The latest in single visit crown technology, CEREC® is a breakthrough computerized 3D technology that allows us to create custom dental crowns and veneers right in our office. By using this advanced technology, we can you custom, perfectly matched and perfectly fitted dental crowns, veneers, inlays and onlays—all during a single appointment.
The CEREC® Process
CEREC® uses CAD-CAM technology to design and mill custom restorations during one visit to the dentist. So how does this process work?
Exam and Preparation
Before you get started, your dentist will determine if CEREC® is right for you. Depending on how much healthy tooth structure you have remaining, it may be a simple filling or you may need a crown. After reviewing your options, the dentist will begin the process by administering anesthetic and preparing your tooth for restoration by removing decay and weakened tooth tissue.
In order to make the desired restoration, a 3-dimensional image of the tooth that needs to be restored must be created from a digital camera scan of the tooth. This three-dimensional image will be used to create the restoration without the need to take a messy impression. This means no horrible tasting impression material for you to gag on. The computer and CEREC® 3D software then converts the digital image into a three-dimensional virtual model of the prepared tooth.
This device is used to used to create the custom restoration needed for the tooth. Based on the original color of your tooth, the dentist is able to select the correct colored ceramic block and in a few minutes, the milling device is able to create the restoration needed.
Placing the Restoration
After the restoration is made, it is ready to be tried on to ensure that you get proper fit and bite. When it is ready, the restoration is polished and bonded into place by your dentist. Therefore, no temporary restoration is needed and no return trip is necessary, saving you time and money.