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CEREC same-day crowns are a type of crown that’s built chairside at Vista Smiles. Normally, crowns must be made by an outside dental lab, and this process can take weeks, requiring you to come back to the dentist’s office for several appointments.
But with CEREC at Vista Smiles, you can restore your smile with a dental crown in just one day, during a single, 1-2 hour appointment. Learn more below, or contact us to schedule a consultation now.
CEREC was first used in the middle of the 1980s, but did not become common in dental offices until the 2000s.
Before you get a crown, Dr. Jeffrey Anderson will need to confirm that it's’ right for you. This may be done as a separate appointment or as part of the CEREC process, depending on your case.
To begin the CEREC process, Dr. Anderson will clean and numb the treatment area, then remove damaged and decayed tooth material to create a strong platform that will hold the crown in place.
After your tooth has been trimmed, Dr. Anderson will use a hand-held scanner to take a 3D image of your mouth. This will be uploaded to a computer, and Dr. Anderson will design your crown using a special computer program.
Once Dr. Anderson has finalized your crown design, he will load a piece of tooth-colored porcelain into the CEREC machine, which will automatically carve the crown.
Dr. Anderson will remove the crown and check its fit. If everything looks perfect, he will attach it to your tooth permanently using powerful dental adhesive. This completes the same-day CEREC crown procedure.
The main difference between traditional crowns and CEREC is the treatment length. Traditional crowns take 2-3 weeks, since your information must be sent to a dental lab, the crown must be built, then it must be sent back to your dentist.
In contrast, CEREC is done in one day and in one appointment. This also means you can avoid wearing a temporary resin crown to protect your tooth while you wait for your crown. These crowns are sometimes bulky and uncomfortable, and may feel loose in your mouth.
Another difference is that while traditional dentures usually use dental putty and trays to take impressions of your teeth, CEREC uses a hand-held scanner. Most patients find this to be more comfortable, especially if they have a strong gag reflex.
If you’re a good candidate for a dental crown, CEREC is likely a good choice for you. It can be used in the vast majority of cases where a traditional dental crown would be recommended, such as repairing a tooth damaged by a cavity or dental trauma.
There are some exceptions, though. For example, the scanner used in the CEREC process can’t capture an accurate image if the tooth is broken below the gum line. A traditional crown may be required to treat this condition.
To find out if CEREC is right for you, just come into Vista Smiles. Our dentist in Vista can examine your mouth and help you learn more about your options for restoring your smile in Vista.
Teeth can be brightened up to 10 shades in a single in-office teeth whitening session. It’s also the most popular cosmetic dental treatment.
Cosmetic dentistry can solve just about any dental issue that’s related to the appearance of your teeth. Teeth whitening is obviously used to treat stained teeth and can help you look younger. Bonding, shaping, and contouring can repair misshapen and uneven teeth, or treat minor tooth damage, such as chips or breaks. Dental crowns are occasionally used for cosmetic purposes, too. Treatments as versatile as veneers or Lumineers can often be used to treat all the previously mentioned issues as well as correcting gaps between teeth, more severe tooth staining, and slightly crooked or crowded teeth.
As long as your teeth and gums are healthy and you’re free of any major orthodontic issues, you’re likely a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry.
Oppositely, cosmetic treatment is not right for you if you have oral health problems like gum disease or cavities, or if you have major issues with the alignment of your teeth or jaw. You’ll need restorative care or orthodontic treatment to resolve these problems before you can get cosmetic dental treatment. But often, restorative care and orthodontics can give you a healthier and more beautiful smile.
Yes. While this does depend on the type of treatment that’s right for you, it’s quite common to have multiple cosmetic dental procedures done at the same time. Dental bonding and enameloplasty, for example, are often done in the same appointment. Ask your dentist for more information, and to find out if you can have multiple procedures done at once.
It’s rare for cosmetic dentistry to be covered by dental insurance. These procedures are often listed as elective and not necessary to the health of your smile. In some cases, your insurance may cover a portion of the cost of treatments like cosmetic crowns or veneers, but this is not common. In most cases, you will need to pay for treatment out-of-pocket. Contact your insurer for more details on your dental insurance coverage. Then contact our practice to see if we have any available discounts or payment plans to help you cover treatment.
Cosmetic treatments and restorative dentistry are often used in combination to transform patients’ smiles.