To you, one of the greatest inventions of all time isn’t the computer, but rather its ability to print off tickets. Life is too short to wait in line for movies, plays, and concerts, and you’re happy to skip them every time. You get to enjoy yourself without the wait. You can now skip the wait when it comes to fixing your damaged teeth, too. Your dentist in Pasadena at Sierra Smiles can give you same-day crowns thanks to CEREC.
What Is CEREC?
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEramic REConstruction. It is a method of CAD/CAM dentistry that allows the team at Sierra Smiles to provide you with a better crown in less time. Crowns have been a go-to method for repairing chipped, cracked, and broken teeth for years, and CEREC in Pasadena has helped streamline the process to fit into the busy lives of the modern person. CEREC uses advanced technology to scan your mouth, design your crown, and mill it all in one day. This has a multitude of benefits over the traditional process.
The Old Way
Formerly, if you were to get a crown, it would involve at least two visits. The first visit would see your tooth prepared to fit the crown, and then an impression would be taken. This impression usually involved messy materials and even gags a number of patients. This would then be sent to a dental lab to make your crown. At this point, you would be stuck with a temporary crown for the next week or more while you wait. A week may not seem like a long time, but it certainly is when one of your teeth keeps falling out or breaking. Traditional crowns are also made of amalgam, a dark metal alloy that not only stuck out in your smile, but could lead to increased tooth sensitivity.
The New Way
CEREC has been able to solve all of these issues and provide a higher-quality restoration. You can get a crown in 4 easy steps:
- Drs. James, Christopher, or Linda Sierra will prepare your tooth in order to fit the crown
- A camera takes a high-quality 3D scan of your tooth and mouth
- This scan is given to the CAD/CAM software to design and mill your crown
- One of the doctors will then place the new crown in your mouth
The scan is not only more comfortable than an impression, but also provides a much better model of your tooth which ensures your crown will fit more securely. CEREC crowns are made of a porcelain that is stronger and more natural looking than traditional fillings. The best part? The whole process takes about an hour. You can practically have one of your teeth repaired over your lunch break. You get a longer-lasting, superior result quickly.
If you’re eager to get your teeth fixed with CEREC, make an appointment with us today. The team at Sierra Smiles has worked hard to become familiar with this advanced technology so it can be used to benefit you. Skip the wait and get your teeth repaired today.