Our Patchogue, NY, dentists can create and place a custom dental crown in a single appointment.
Think that you may have a cracked or infected tooth? Then you need to stop what you’re doing and immediately see a dentist for treatment. In these scenarios, dental professionals often address the issue with crowns—a treatment that usually takes two or more trips to the dentist’s office to complete. However, here at Sunset Dental Care in Patchogue, NY, Dr. Debra Oreste and Dr. Richard Fishler can design, fabricate, and place a crown all in the same day with the help of CEREC technology. Read on to learn how!
What is CEREC and how does it work?
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics and it allows our dentists to utilize CAD/CAM technology to map out a treatment plan, design a custom crown, and craft it all in-office. For this process, we take digital images of your teeth and turn them into 3D images using special computer software. These measurements will allow us to design a crown that offers the perfect shape and fit but also blends in with the rest of your smile.
Once the crown has been designed, we will place a ceramic block into the milling machine, which will carefully chisel out your crown. Once the crown is made, we will check the bite and fit to make sure you are satisfied with your new restoration before cementing it permanently into place.
Are CEREC crowns different from traditional crowns?
The process for getting these crowns is quite different. With traditional crowns, you need more than one appointment since an outside dental lab will need weeks to create your dental crown. In the meantime, a temporary crown is placed over the tooth.
Unfortunately, temporary crowns aren’t custom-made to fit over your teeth since you’ll only be wearing them for a couple of weeks. As you might imagine, getting a one-size-fits-most dental restoration means that the crown may stick out a bit from the rest of your smile and feel less than natural. Conversely, with CEREC crowns, you don’t have to worry about this.
Need dental work? Give us a call
Sunset Dental Care in Patchogue, NY, can provide you with beautiful dental restorations, from dental implants and porcelain veneers to dental crowns. Call us today at (631) 475-6444 to schedule your appointment!