Dental crowns are protective caps that strengthen and restore weak or damaged teeth. They can also be used to cover and protect teeth that have been chipped or cracked. In the past, several dental appointments were needed to produce and install dental crowns. Today, a new technology called CEREC makes getting crowns a snap. CEREC is a computerized tool for creating crowns and other restorative dental work directly in the office in a single visit. Dr. Casey Hart is your Marietta, GA, dentist for CEREC technology and installation of dental crowns.
What is CEREC?
CEREC is an exciting new technology for creating restorative dental work quickly. CEREC stands for CERamic REConstruction, or Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. It is a computerized machine that uses digital imaging technology to create ceramic restorations, such as dental crowns, that perfectly match your tooth color and shape. The entire process takes just a few hours and can be completed in a single visit to your Marietta dentist. With CEREC, you can have your dental crown made and installed all on the same day.
Advantages of CEREC
CEREC offers some major advantages in the field of restorative dental work. One major advantage is how quickly CEREC works. Creating crowns, inlays, onlays, and other restorative dental work used to require multiple office visits. An impression would first be made of the teeth, then sent off to a lab for creation of the dental work. Patients had to wait for the dental work to be sent from the lab to the dentist’s office before it could be installed. Now, crowns and other restorative dental work can be made and installed during a single office visit.
Another advantage of CEREC is its use of digital imaging technology. There is no need to make a physical impression of the problem tooth or teeth. In the past, impressions were made using a messy substance that had to remain in the mouth until it began hardening and was firm enough to remove without ruining the impression. Making these impressions could be physically uncomfortable for many patients, even producing a gagging sensation. CEREC eliminates that problem by creating digital impressions using 3D photography and CAD/CAM technology.
CEREC makes getting crowns and other restorative dental work a snap. There is no need for multiple office visits. You can have your new dental crown created and installed in a single day. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hart, your CEREC dentist in Marietta, GA, call the office at (770) 926-8371.