Have you ever been a wearer of the dreaded temporary crown? There’s no way around it, or at least there didn’t used to be. If you were being fitted for a dental crown, you would have to sport a one-size-fits-all crown until your permanent customized restoration was made and shipped back to your dentist. You might find the temp-crown slipping, feeling uncomfortable, cutting into your gum tissue, and generally not feeling quite like it belonged in your mouth. Enter CEREC crowns. This amazing dental technology allows for dental crown patients to go through an entire crown fitting procedure in one single visit. Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about CEREC.
Q1. What does CEREC stand for?
A1. CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.
Q2. Why do people need dental crowns?
A2. Dental crowns are often used to repair tooth fractures or decay that both require a root canal procedure. In these cases of deep dental issues, same-day crowns will probably not suffice. Often times, however, teeth exhibit tiny fractures or become worn down as a result of clenching and grinding teeth, or other minor dental injuries. When a filling cannot totally repair tooth decay or injury, a crown is the best way to restore form and function to your smile. Dental crowns are restorative but serve a cosmetic purpose.
Q3. What exactly is CEREC?
A3. CEREC takes away the need for multiple visits to your dentist when getting prepared and fitted for a dental crown. Initial impressions of your teeth are procured and input into the CEREC machine. In a time frame between an hour and two hours your crown is completely fabricated and strongly bonded to your tooth.
Q4. Does CEREC take away the customization factor of traditional crowns?
A4. No. Dr. Askari will utilize a 3D camera in order to take images of your tooth. Your crown is milled at the dentist’s office based on these measurements, utilizing incredible computer software. The CEREC machine is intricate enough to produce crowns which fit you snugly and are color matched to your surrounding teeth.
CEREC from Farmington Hills Dentist
If you would like to consult with Dr. Askari regarding CEREC crowns or any other general dentistry needs, contact our 48335 dentist office at (248)566-6490 for a consultation. We are happy to serve patients of all ages, from Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Detroit, and surrounding neighborhoods.