November 15, 2016
If you’re trying to get up the nerve to ask that special someone out on a date but you’re afraid that your smile won’t impress, let your dentist in Falls Church be your matchmaker. A dental crown is one of the best ways to restore a weakened or damaged tooth and get you smiling again. At Tysons Dental Esthetics, Dr. Berrada and Dr. Glickman are pleased to offer their expert knowledge in dental crown restorations with the very latest technology. In a revolutionary process referred to as CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration Esthetic Ceramics), we can do a dental crown for you in just one visit.
What Is A Dental Crown?
Typically, a crown or “cap” is created to put over a damaged tooth and is generally spread out between two office visits. The first appointment will include having impressions made of your teeth so that a natural and realistic tooth restoration can be made from it. While the finished product is being prepared, a temporary crown will be fitted over your tooth. A second visit is necessary to have the permanent crown put in place once it is ready. With the latest technology of CEREC, this whole process can be completed in only one visit.
What is CEREC Technology?
CEREC technology utilizes photography to take a picture of your tooth and the surrounding teeth. The image is processed using CAD software, which is used to design and shape your new tooth. The tooth is made right in our office with the help of our modern, in-office milling unit and placed immediately on the tooth. This avoids the wait that comes with traditional crowns being made at an off-site laboratory. This also improves color matching since you will be right there during the entire process.
Benefits to CEREC
Being able to complete an entire crown restoration in one visit is just one of the reasons CEREC is a great advantage to you and your dentist. The following are a few more benefits patients receive:
- One visit to the office means there is no need to place a temporary crown, which will reduce the risk of damaging the teeth.
- Since you are available during the whole process, all issues or adjustments can be tended to right away.
- You no longer have to experience messy and uncomfortable impressions.
- Restorations are extremely strong, as they are made out of one block of ceramic material.
- With proper care, your CEREC restorations can last for many years to come.
Am I a Candidate for CEREC?
Many types of cosmetic restorations are possible with CEREC. A dental bridge, crown, inlay or onlay can all be created with this technology. If you are someone who is considering any of these procedures and you have a damaged tooth that is still solid enough to be restored, you may benefit from this much faster restoration.
Don’t hesitate to give us a call! We are here to answer your questions and schedule a consultation so that you can get your smile back on track as fast as possible.
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