What is a crown?
Also known as a "cap," a crown is used to restore teeth that are badly broken down, or those that have huge fillings and prone to breaking down. The crown acts like a "thimble," covering over the tooth and helping to prevent the tooth from breaking.
Traditionally, crowns were made entirely of metal, such as gold, or were made of a metal core with porcelain baked onto the outside to make them look more like natural teeth. We still use these materials in selected instances, but today we primarily use pressed ceramic crowns.
Why wait for weeks to have your crown in place? In keeping with our commitment to state-of-the-art technology, we can create a beautiful all porcelain restoration in a single visit using CEREC.
What is CEREC?
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramics. CEREC is a CADCAM (computer assisted design/computer assisted milling) system designed to create esthetic porcelain restorations in a single visit, eliminating the need for multiple appointments for restorations such as crowns or onlays.
No impression is required! Using digital photography, the doctor precisely designs and installs your new crown. Utilizing an infrared sensor developed for Desert Storm, the camera takes a 3D image of a tooth needing a crown or large restoration.
A dental database in the chairside computer precisely defines the shape of the final restoration, the doctor edits the design and within 15 minutes, robotic arms carve out a ceramic tooth restoration that can be bonded into place.
Unlike traditional crowns, no sensitive and ill-fitting temporaries are needed, and no second appointment with anesthetic is needed to bond the final tooth. It's precise, convenient, and another difference provided by Sandhills Dentistry.