Dental Crowns – Rebuilding damaged teeth in one visit with CEREC
At Smile In Style in Moonee Ponds, Victoria, we love building and maintaining gorgeous, healthy smiles. We do this by blending the latest techniques in dentistry with our highly-tech equipment, CEREC Omnicam.
Patients who have teeth that are broken down or decayed, can benefit from our high-tech planning, designing, fabricating, and placement of dental crowns. We use the CEREC Omnicam, a computerised design, and manufacturing system, to complete dental crowns in just one visit.
Prior to the CEREC Omnicam technology, typically, crowns required two dental visits. During the first visit, the tooth was prepared. This step generally involved removing damaged or decayed tissue and reshaping the tooth. After the tooth was prepared, an impression of the tooth was taken. This impression was then sent to a laboratory technician who created the permanent crown. Until the permanent crown was ready, a temporary crown was placed in the patient’s mouth to protect the tooth. A week or two later when the permanent crown had been received from the laboratory, the patient was asked to return for a second visit. At the second visit, the permanent crown was placed, adjusted, and cemented to the tooth.
Now with the CEREC Omnicam, Dr. Terry Rose and the Dentists at Smile In Style can prepare the tooth, design the crown using CAD/CAM technology, mill the crown from a block of porcelain or zirconia with our milling machine and then place and cement the crown in one visit. This is a comfortable and convenient process that eliminates the hassle of having impressions taken, a temporary crown made and returning to our office for a second visit. Additionally, our dentists have total control over the scanning, the design and milling the crown exactly to your needs. Precise adjustments can also be made quickly. The colour of the crown is chosen to match your other teeth and is made from strong biocompatible porcelain or zirconia material. The crowns that we produce in-house are strong and built to last.
So what is involved in creating a CEREC Crown?
Once our dentists have determined that you are a good candidate for a dental crown using our CEREC technology, they will start by removing any damage to the affected tooth. They will then use the Omnicam camera to take a digital scan of the tooth. This step replaces the need to take physical impressions of the tooth. Our digital impressions are non-invasive, comfortable, fast, and accurate. The dentists can then use the advanced CAD/CAM software to design the dental crown that is optimally sized, shaped, and coloured for you.
The crown is then produced using our onsite milling machine from a solid, high-quality block of porcelain or zirconia. These steps can be completed while you wait in our comfortable office or alternatively you can watch the whole process. Once the crown is ready, we’ll place and bond it to the tooth. Any adjustments can be made then and there for you. When you are ready, you can eat on the new crown straight away. Our crowns look, feel, and function like natural teeth. With proper care, they can last for many years.