With your busy schedule, finding the time to get to the dentist for a check-up is hard enough. But if you need a dental crown, you’re going to have to find the time for two dental appointments.
Until now. CEREC technology has made the one-appointment crowns at the Memphis dental practice of Avery and Meadows a reality.
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, and it’s changing the way we practice dentistry.
Before CEREC, if you had a damaged or decayed tooth that needed a crown, you had to go the dentist twice. During the first appointment, the tooth was prepared, you had to have an impression made of the tooth and then you were given a temporary crown. The dentist then sent your molds to a lab to have the permanent crown fabricated. Once the final crown was sent back to the dentist, you returned to have it cemented onto your tooth. That meant two dental visits. Two Novocain shots. And a lot of hassle.
With CEREC, everything is done in one appointment. First, CEREC Technology takes a precise digital image of your tooth (no gagging on messy mouth molds!). Through Computer Aided Design (CAD), CEREC uses the digital image to create your custom restoration. A high-speed diamond bur mills the restoration out of solid ceramic to meet your unique specifications. Once the restoration is complete, it is bonded to the tooth using a state-of-the-art adhesive.
With CEREC, there’s fewer shots needed, less drilling required, no messy impressions and no second appointment. It makes the process of getting a crown much easier, convenient and precise.