New Technology is always bringing changes to our everyday lives, but nowhere is this more apparent than in the field of dentistry. Exciting advances in dental tools, technology, techniques, and materials have created a whole new experience for dental patients. These innovations have resulted in shorter appointments, increased comfort, and better results. One such development in dentistry is the CEREC system.
CEREC, which stands for Ceramic REConstruction, allows dentists to create natural looking restorations quickly and easily, right in their office. Dr. Jones, of Social Circle Dental, offers same-day CEREC crowns, which are great timesavers for busy patients. People from Monroe, Covington, Conyers, Loganville, Madison, and all over Georgia, and the adjacent states, travel to Social Circle to visit Dr. Jones' state-of-the-art dentistry.
Most dental crowns require at least two office visits, one visit for preparation, and a second visit for placement, about two weeks later, after an off-site dental laboratory has created the restoration. With CEREC technology, Dr. Jones can prepare the tooth and place the crown in a single appointment. This exciting option is made possible by CAD/CAM technology (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacture).
Once the doctor has prepared the tooth to receive the crown, he takes an optical impression of the tooth. The digital impression is sent to the CEREC software, which converts it to a virtual 3D image on the computer screen. The doctor uses his skill and artistry to design your crown, and the pattern is sent to the CEREC milling machine. A block of porcelain matching the color of your teeth is inserted into the machine, and about 20 minutes later, your new crown is ready to be placed. Dr. Jones is in control of the entire process of creating the crown, from the image to the finished product.
Your CEREC crown does not require any special care, simply brush, floss, and maintain regular dental appointments to enjoy your restoration for many years. Surveys have shown that CEREC restorations placed 20 years ago are still holding for many patients.
Dr. Jones offers both CEREC and conventional crowns to meet the needs and preferences of his patients. He carefully explains the differences in the two options so you can make an informed choice as to which type you would prefer. If you have a damaged tooth that may need a crown, call (770) 464-1900, and schedule an appointment today.
Choosing between the various restorations available for the repair of a damaged tooth can seem overwhelming. There are many options available today for a good reason. We are no longer limited only to silver fillings or gold dental crowns. We have progressed beyond a standard metal crown, even with a porcelain overlay. When facing restoration with a dental crown, you now have options for technology as well as materials.
In addition to various lab-fabricated crowns, we offer CEREC crowns in our Social Circle, GA practice. These crowns are similar to standard ceramic or porcelain crowns in some ways, but made differently. Primarily, the time frame makes CEREC immediately appealing, but there is more to love about this innovative technology.
CEREC has been used for over twenty years, providing patients with single-visit restorations that are strong and aesthetically pleasing. During a visit in which CEREC is incorporated, Dr. Jones removes all damaged areas of the affected tooth, and prepares it for its new crown. Different from the process of lab-fabricated crowns, CEREC uses CAD/CAM technology to create the impression used to make restorations. This eliminates the need for thick, gooey impression material. CAD/CAM uses a tiny camera, placed inside the mouth. This camera takes a picture, which is then transformed into a 3D model, showing us the natural structure of the prepared tooth.
There are various benefits to CEREC technology. Most recognized is the fact that CEREC crowns take only a few minutes to make, completing the entire restoration process within just one visit. Life is busy, and having the ability to complete dental treatment faster and with great accuracy saves precious time. Another benefit, which isn't usually considered, but is no less significant, is the fact that CEREC crowns are incredibly strong. Bonded directly to the prepared tooth, a CEREC crown can withstand the pressure of biting force for many years.
Every patient requires treatment based not only on time, but also on budget and specific physical needs. In providing choices for innovative treatment like CEREC, we ensure something for everyone.
Contact us on (770) 464-1900 to learn more about CEREC, or to schedule your next dental visit.
Social Circle Dental is a holistic dental practice devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures, while focusing on your overall health and well-being.