How Are Crowns Made?
Usually a crown takes two visits: on the first visit, the tooth is prepared by being shaved down somewhat. An impression is taken of your teeth, and this impression is sent to a laboratory where your crown will be made. Meanwhile, you wear a temporary crown made with some type of plastic material. On your second appointment, the temporary is removed and the durable crown is placed on your tooth.
CEREC One-Visit Crowns
A recent innovation available in the offices of some cosmetic dentists is the “Computer-assisted design-Computer-assisted manufacture” crown, or “CAD-CAM.” The company that is foremost in this technology is Sirona Dental Systems, makers of the CEREC (chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics) system. CEREC crowns are milled by a computer to fit your tooth precisely, thus eliminating the laboratory step in manufacturing the crown.
With CEREC’s CAD-CAM technology, the crown is made by a computer while you wait, thus eliminating the second appointment and the temporary crown. These Cerec crowns are milled out of pure ceramic.
Dr. Corey Walther and Dr. Jessie Mathew are proud to be CEREC dentists in Schaumburg and provide this convenient one-day dentistry service for patients throughout the area, including Arlington Heights, Hoffman Estates, Barrington, Palatine and Schaumburg cosmetic dentistry patients.
- CEREC crowns are made in one visit, saving considerable time for the patient and also saving time and cost for the dentist.
- With CEREC, there is no need for a temporary crown, which eliminates a significant potential discomfort for the patient.
- CEREC crowns have no metal in them, and thus are reasonably esthetic.
- CEREC material and technology can also be used for fillings. Since they are made out of porcelain, they are more durable than white composite fillings.