In order to fit comfortably and provide effective protection, every dental crown must be shaped to the unique contours of the tooth. Traditionally, dentists would take physical impressions of your teeth and send them to off-site labs. There, a dental technician would fabricate the dental crown using these impressions as a guide. However, this process can typically take up to several weeks and require more than one appointment. In the interim, patients have to wear temporary restorations to prevent dental sensitivity.
Today, all impressions for crowns are taken digitally, eliminating the messiness (often referred to as “goop and gag”) of traditional physical impressions. CEREC (an acronym for chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics) speeds up your dental crown production, shortening the entire process from several weeks to about two hours or less. Our advanced in-office CEREC milling machine takes digital impressions of your teeth and creates a digital 3-D model of each tooth that needs repair. The machine can then immediately mill a new dental crown from medical-grade porcelain. As a bonus, we take all impressions for crowns digitally, eliminating the messiness of traditional physical impressions.
For the most realistic results, we color-match every dental crown to blend seamlessly with your neighboring teeth. Our in-office CEREC technology can manufacture a dental crown out of a single block of porcelain.