Fabricate Porcelain Crowns And Fillings With Cerec Technology

By: Gen Wright

If you have a damaged tooth due to trauma or decay, dental crowns may be an appropriate solution for your tooth restoration. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth.

Dental crowns can also be used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. They also serve an aesthetic use when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance. In order to accommodate the crown, your tooth must be reduced in size. A cast of the existing tooth is made, in addition to an impression. Once complete, the impression is used to create a custom-designed crown with CEREC.

What are Fillings?

Very few of us have perfect teeth, free of decay and fillings. You can probably even see a filling or two in your own mouth, which do just that - fill a cavity, or hole, in your tooth left from the excavation of decayed tooth structure. CEREC is a method used by thousands of dentists worldwide not only to replace these fillings, but also to restore any tooth that is decayed, weakened, broken, etc. to its natural strength and beauty. It is completed with all-ceramic materials in a single appointment.

Instead of weakening your tooth structure with a traditional filling, CEREC helps to increase the strength of your teeth while giving the natural tooth-colored appearance that only porcelain can provide. Ceramic fillings are also safer than amalgam fillings which may release low levels of mercury vapor that can be inhaled.

What is CEREC?

With the CEREC system, your cosmetic dentist can create beautiful life-like porcelain restorations for your teeth. An infrared camera takes images of your tooth after shaping. A CAD-CAM computer program immediately downloads the images of your teeth to create a three-dimensional virtual model that can be viewed and manipulated on the computer monitor.

CEREC, which stands for Ceramic Reconstruction, is a recent innovation that many cosmetic dentists are using to provide natural looking crowns faster than traditional crown procedures. This is a computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing, or CAD-CAM, for the creation of your crown. This crown is created by a computer to fit your tooth perfectly. The computer aided technology eliminates the laboratory step in manufacturing your crown, which allows for your treatment to be completed in one visit.

For more information on same day dental crowns and fillings, contact your Castle Rock dentist for further consultation. If you have damaged teeth, dental crowns may be an appropriate solution to protecting your teeth from further damage and restoring strength back into your bite.

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Sean Hartmen writes for Drs. Jeff and Stephanie Scheich, Castle Rock dentists, who met while in dental school at Indiana University. Both received their Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2002. These dentists in Castle Rock spend numerous hours each year in continuing education courses, in Colorado and throughout the country.

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