Dental technology has come a long way in the past few decades. Instead of having to wait days for a restoration, CEREC technology can provide dental crowns or veneers in a day, right at the office. Dr. Joyce Kim of Loyalsock Dental Associates, a dentist in Williamsport, PA, explains how you can get teeth in a day.
Advanced Dental Technology
When you get a dental restoration, impressions are typically taken with a messy material. It can be uncomfortable to do and can take a decent amount of time. These impressions are then sent to a lab that specializes in crafting dental restoration. It can take a few weeks — or even months — for you to get that final restoration in your mouth.
With CEREC technology, we can get you your restoration quickly and easily. Instead of taking impressions with physical material, we do digital impressions. The tooth is prepared as usual, removing tooth structure to make room for the crown or veneer. A wand is used to take impressions, taking detailed pictures of the tooth.
Using the pictures that were taken, a 3D model is created of the tooth by your dentist. This model is uploaded to a CEREC milling machine. A solid block of dental ceramic is the material used to create your dental restoration. The machine automatically crafts the restoration based on the 3D model that was uploaded.
This restoration is just as strong as a restoration made in the traditional manner, but with the benefit of getting it quickly. We’re able to get the restoration made and see if there are any issues that need to be fixed before permanently adhering it to your tooth. You’ll be able to get your restoration in fewer appointments and take less time out of your life.
Do I Need a Dental Crown?
The most commonly-used CEREC restoration is a dental crown. A crown is made to blend in with the rest of your smile in shape, size, and color. Some of your tooth structure is removed to make room for the dental crown. The crown then covers the natural tooth completely, taking over the primary functions of the tooth.
Dental crowns are a go-to restoration for multiple dental problems. They’re a more conservative option than removing the entire tooth if that’s possible. One of their most common uses is to stabilize the tooth after a root canal. They can also go over discolored or misshapen teeth to improve both the look and function of the tooth.
Crowns are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth. They can hold fractured pieces of a tooth together so that a full extraction isn’t needed. They’re an ideal choice to anchor dental bridges, as they take the stress off of the natural tooth. Crowns are the most natural-looking and feeling restoration to finish off a dental implant.
Teeth in a Day at Your Williamsport, Pennsylvania Dentist
Need a dental crown to repair your tooth? You won’t have to wait long to get your tooth fixed. Call us or schedule an appointment online.