What Is The CEREC Crown Placement Process Like?
Although the timeline is faster, the process of getting a CEREC crown is similar to that of a traditional crown. First, one of the dental professionals at Smiles for Life will examine your mouth to determine if a crown is right for you. If it is the proper treatment, they will clean your teeth, and anesthetize your mouth to prepare you for the procedure.
Next, the tooth will be prepared. The doctor will use a dental drill to remove enamel, providing a stable, solid platform for the new dental crown to rest.
After this, digital impressions will be taken of the tooth and mouth. This information is sent to the CEREC machine, where the doctor will fine-tune the restoration to ensure it is properly colored and shaped. Then, using CAD/CAM technology the CEREC machine will begin creating the dental prosthesis, which takes only a few minutes.
The CEREC machine uses a 3D printing and milling method to cut the tooth-shaped crown out of a block of ceramic. Once the crown is completed, the doctor will check it for fit and quality. Once it’s perfect, he will bond it in place with a strong dental adhesive, and the procedure is complete. Let your dentist know if you require any adjustments to be made after the crown has been placed.
The entire process takes 1-2 hours, and does not require a follow-up, though patients should get in touch with Smiles for Life if they experience any complications with crown placement. The crown might feel a bit uncomfortable at first, but you will get used to it soon. If you have any difficulty biting or chewing your food with the crown, contact your dentist.