Our CEREC machine has completely changed the way we do dentistry. A CEREC machine is basically a ceramic milling machine that we have right here in our office. Instead of taking impressions and sending those off to a lab, we can create your crowns, implant crowns, inlays/onlays, bridges, and some veneers right in here while you wait. This eliminates the need for goopy impressions, fragile temporary crowns, and 2nd appointments that require another trip to the office and another round of anesthetic.
This was a cracked tooth requiring a full coverage crown. A crown strethens the tooth, allowing it to act as one unit, rather than 4 individual peaks (cusps) that can be wedged apart, causing pain or loss of the tooth.
The tooth is reduced down to make room for the crown. At this point, we scan the tooth, creating a digital 3D model, and design your crown. Without the CEREC, we would have to take an impression to send to the lab, and make a plastic temporary crown for you to wear for up to 3 weeks.
In about 30 minutes, we mill your final, permanent crown from a high strength ceramic and bond it into place. The whole appointment takes about 2 hours from start to finish.