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Benefits Of CEREC Crowns

At Cardinal Family Dentistry

CEREC crowns can be built and placed in just a single, two-hour appointment at Cardinal Family Dentistry
This modern technology allows you to get the treatment you need on your own schedule, without visiting multiple times
With CEREC, you don’t have to wear a temporary crown and you can get immediate care and relief for your decayed, damaged, or broken tooth
Same-day crowns look and feel natural, so you can smile, speak, and chew again with confidence immediately after your appointment
What Is CEREC And How Does It Work?

CEREC is a type of computer-assisted restorative dentistry, which uses specialized dental CAD/CAM (computer-assisted design/manufacturing) tools to prototype and manufacture your dental crown right here in our office.

Traditionally, crowns are made at a third-party lab after your dentist takes impressions and images of your teeth. The result is a very high-quality crown, but this process may take several weeks and requires you to come in for two appointments.

CEREC allows Dr. Barker to use a handheld 3D imaging tool to scan your mouth, upload this model to our in-office milling machine, then create your crown from a block of porcelain, all in a single 2-hour appointment. Thanks to CEREC, you can get immediate care at Cardinal Family Dentistry for a damaged, decayed or broken tooth in Cary, New Hill, Apex or Holly Springs.

What Is The CEREC Crown Process Like?

The CEREC crown process takes just one appointment at Cardinal Family Dentistry. The process will begin similarly to having a traditional crown placed. Dr. Barker will clean and numb your mouth, and you can be sedated, if desired.

Next, she will begin removing any damaged or decayed enamel from your tooth, and she will sculpt it into a strong, stable platform onto which your crown will be attached. Once your tooth has been prepared, she will use a handheld 3D scanner to take images of your mouth and your newly-trimmed tooth. This scanner creates a 3D model of your mouth, which is uploaded to our in-office CEREC milling machine.

Then, Dr. Barker will load a block of porcelain into the machine. Then, the CEREC machine will trim, cut, and mill the block of porcelain based on Dr. Barker’s design, creating your dental crown in just a few minutes. Dr. Barker will retrieve your crown, check to make sure it fits into your mouth perfectly, and make any minor adjustments, if necessary. Finally, the crown will be bonded into place permanently using dental cement. This entire process only takes about two hours.

How Long Will My CEREC Crown Last?

CEREC crowns are just as strong and durable as lab-made crowns. With proper care and maintenance, you can expect your crown to last 10-15 years or longer. To keep your crown in great shape, simply brush and floss properly, and see Dr. Barker for an oral exam and cleaning every six months.

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