In the past when you chipped or broke a tooth or had a fractured filling beyond repair, you had to endure multiple appointments and wait weeks for a permanent crown. Thanks to a state-of-the-art milling technology called CEREC, now you can get beautiful same-day crowns and bridges in one appointment. CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. This innovation eliminates the waiting, hassle, and messy process that traditional crowns entail. Our providers have many years of cosmetic dentistry experience including training in CEREC technology to provide customized, premium quality, same-day dental crowns and bridges in Huntersville, NC.
A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that can’t be restored and may also be used to correct the appearance of misshaped, misaligned, or discolored teeth. A traditional crown requires a minimum of two trips to the dentist. During the first visit, your tooth is numbed and then filed down on the edges to make room for the crown. Any tooth decay is removed from the surface of the tooth and the structure is restored to support the crown. If you have a missing tooth, a bridge is created with two or more crowns. A messy, unpleasant-tasting dental putty that takes five minutes to set is used to make an impression above and below your tooth. This helps establish the correct size for the crown to ensure it doesn’t affect your bite or spacing.
During the first visit, the dentist creates a temporary crown from acrylic that you wear until the final crown is ready. The impressions are sent out to a dental lab where the crown is created, typically with a two-week turnaround. Because this process isn’t completely precise, it’s common for a dentist to make multiple refinements to the crown. This involves taking it on and off and filing it carefully until it fits perfectly over your tooth. Some dentists use temporary cement to enable you to test out the crown before it’s permanently placed during a third appointment.
Ongoing refinements in CEREC technology since its introduction in 1985 provide an unmatched combination of convenience and restorative excellence. At Reimels, Miller, Paterra Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we leverage CEREC to enable a better fit, function, and aesthetics, and provide you with greater confidence than possible with traditional crown creation. We take digital impressions of your tooth using an intraoral scanner. This is used as a 3D foundation to virtually design a precise and beautiful new dental crown with our on-site milling machine. The CEREC crown is milled from a ceramic block based on the digital model in about 15 minutes. Then we shade and polish the crown to perfectly blend in with your natural teeth. Once this is done, we securely bond the crown to your tooth. All of this is accomplished in one appointment that takes about two hours, instead of multiple visits!
CEREC crowns last an average of 10-15 years, although they can endure much longer with proper care. The natural-looking ceramic crown provides a beautiful and healthy smile for many years down the road. Pricing for same-day dental crowns and bridges in Huntersville, NC is highly competitive. The cost of this innovative dentistry procedure varies based on the materials used and number of teeth being restored. CEREC crowns may be partially covered by your dental insurance, depending on your policy. Before you decide on a CEREC crown, we’ll speak to your insurance company to determine how much is covered so you can make an informed decision based on your budget. We also offer exclusive in-house and third-party financing plans to help you afford this innovative treatment.
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