By Stephen Rogers on January 19, 2013
When you have serious tooth decay or tooth damage, it's of the utmost importance that you meet with a skilled dental care professional to get the treatment that you need. In severe cases of damage and decay, the best option for treatment is a dental crown.
The team at our Long Island cosmetic dentistry center would like to take a moment right now to look at advances in dental crown technology. You may be surprised at how far the treatment has come in recent years and how much more convenient it is to get crowns today than it was a few years ago.
What are dental crowns?
First things first, let's explain dental crowns themselves. Dental crowns are caps that are placed atop a tooth that has been severely decayed or damaged. When placed at our Long Island restorative dentistry center, dental crowns are able to protect the tooth from further harm and reduce any sensations of discomfort or sensitivity related to tooth decay and tooth damage.
The Traditional Dental Crowns Process
Traditionally, getting dental crowns took at least two dental visits roughly a week apart. During the first visit, a patient would have the damaged or decayed tooth carefully prepped -- this would involve the removal of compromised tooth structure. An impression would then be taken of the tooth, and from this impression, the dental crown would be crafted in an off-site dental lab. In the interim, patients would wear a temporary dental crown.
During the second visit (roughly a week to 10 days after the initial visit), the temporary dental crown would be removed and the permanent dental crown placed. Any last adjustments to the dental crown are made prior to the final placement of the dental crown.
About CEREC Technology
Thanks to advances in CEREC technology, these inconvenient waits and multiple visits are a thing of the past. Using state-of-the-art dental technology at our dental practice, we limit the need to contact an off-site dental lab for certain dental restoration needs. CEREC is basically a dental lab and milling unit that is used at the practice itself. It's small, it's convenient, and the results are comparable to the results of dental lab restorations.
What CEREC Means for Patients
Using CEREC, dentists are able to give their patients lab-quality dental restorations in just a single dental visit. Instead of scheduling two visits and having to wear temporary dental crowns, patients will be able to receive a permanent dental crown in the same afternoon, which is much more convenient.
The Same-Day Dental Crowns Process
The preparation of the tooth is just the same as the traditional dental crowns. Once the tooth is prepped, a digital impression is taken, and the data is fed into the CEREC machine. Using this data, the CEREC machine crafts your dental crown from a fresh block of dental ceramic inside of a milling unit.
When the dental crown is milled, it is ready to be placed. Our Massapequa cosmetic and restorative dentists will make any final adjustments needed before final placement is complete. The entire process takes just a few hours tops, and just one visit to our practice.
Learn More About Advanced Restorative Dentistry
To learn more about all of the latest advances in dental care and how they can benefit you, be sure to contact our Massapequa cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person in the practice and discussing the latest and most state-of-the-art treatments available.
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