Crowns are a great way to restore the appearance of a damaged tooth, but at most dental offices you’ll have to wait weeks before your restoration is ready. At Complete Health Dentistry, our Grand Rapids crown dentist offers same-day crowns with the use of CEREC technology.
CEREC is a machine that can sculpt a new crown right here in our office, meaning you can walk out of your appointment with a restored smile in just one appointment. Here are just 5 of the benefits of CEREC crowns.
CEREC Crown Benefits
Digital Teeth Impressions
Many people can’t tolerate pink impression putty because it triggers their gag reflex. Fortunately, our dentist uses a slim hand-held device to take pictures of your teeth and gums, creating a digital impression instead. Not only are digital dental impressions less invasive than trays filled with goop, but they’re more accurate. The scanner takes precise digital impressions so we can create a same day crown that fits perfectly over your tooth.
In the past, patients had to wait weeks for an off-site lab to create dental crowns. Fortunately, Dr. Ritzema is always looking for ways to improve your experience as a patient, which is why he started using CEREC to streamline the dental crown procedure. A CEREC crown can be made in one appointment so you can leave our office smiling with confidence.
After our dentist takes impressions of your teeth, he’ll start designing your dental crown right in front of your eyes using CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and manufacturing) software. Once our dentist is satisfied with the look and fit of your CEREC crown, he’ll send it to the milling machine in our office.
The milling machine will sculpt your new tooth crown from a block of ceramic or other tooth-colored materials. Since we’re able to create same day crowns right in our office, you’ll never have to deal with the hassle of a temporary crown ever again.
No Temps Needed
As temporary crowns must eventually be removed, most dentists can’t secure them with the strongest adhesive. As a result, it’s common for temporary crowns to fall out before the permanent restoration is ready. Our same day dentist understands that temporary crowns are a hassle for patients, which is why he uses CEREC. Since your crown is created and placed in one appointment, you can avoid the discomfort of a temporary crown.
Natural Feel and Appearance
A CEREC crown is durable enough to last for years to come. This means that you can smile with confidence knowing that your tooth restorationlooks and feels natural. It has always been our goal to help patients feel comfortable with their smiles, which is why we provide same day dental crowns.
A CEREC same day crown looks just as natural as those crowns created in labs. Once our dentist retrieves your crown from the milling machine, he’ll check the color, shade, and fit before bonding the dental crown to your tooth. Since the digital dental impressions are highly precise, we often make little to no alterations.