Same Day Crowns
Utilizing the CEREC 3D technology, Dr. Tomazin can fabricate your dental crowns and onlays while you wait. The CEREC can be used to replace old failing restorations, broken teeth and old mercury fillings with tooth colored porcelain restorations in just one visit.
The Traditional Crown Preparation Procedure
In traditional crowns procedures, you get an injection to numb the area, then your tooth is prepared. An impression material is then placed on your tooth which needs to set in your mouth for about five minutes. On occasion, these temporaries can fall off at awkward moments. This can lead to some sensitivity and discomfort requiring another visit, often times during off hours to re-cement the temporary. Once the final restoration is completed, you have to return to the dentist and may need another injection for the cementation due to sensitivity. All of these potential tooth problems can be reduced or avoided with the CEREC 3D. This allows us to spend more time concentrating on our lives outside of the dental office.
The CEREC 3D Restoration
For the CEREC procedure, you will still have to get numb. Once numbed, the tooth is prepared the same way as the traditional method. The CEREC utilizes a special camera to take a digital impression of the tooth instead of the traditional impression material. This impression then gets transferred to the computer where Dr. Tomazin utilizes the CAD program to design the new restoration. Once the design is completed, then the milling unit fabricates your new porcelain restoration while you take a short fifteen to twenty minute break. Once completed, the new restoration is then bonded into the prepared tooth and then you’re finished! The traditional second appointment is no longer necessary. The problems of loose or broken temporaries along with the potential second injection at the seating appointment are eliminated!
Other Advantages of CEREC 3D
The special porcelain used in the CEREC is specially designed to closely resemble our own natural enamel. It expands and contracts at nearly the same rate as natural tooth structure, and wears down at about the same rate as our own enamel. The traditional porcelains used which are fabricated at the lab use a different process, so oftentimes they are more abrasive to our teeth. Gold is a great restorative material that also closely mimics human enamel but because of the esthetics, it’s becoming less popular. It is due to these considerations that Dr. Tomazin is able to provide CEREC in-office crowns.