Our dentist in Hobart, IN, is proud to offer the CEREC crown procedure. Unlike traditional crowns that are made in off-site dental labs, our dentist can plan and place a CEREC crown in one appointment. This means less time in the dental chair for us to restore your tooth to its natural strength and appearance.
Here’s what you can expect during the CEREC crown process.
First, our Hobart dentist will need to determine if you’re a candidate for a CEREC same-day crown. In general, you may be a candidate for a dental crown if you have a tooth with significant injury or decay. For small cavities, our dentist may recommend the filling procedure to restore your smile.
Our dentist uses crowns for the following:
Restore a cracked or chipped tooth
Restore a tooth with significant decay
Strengthen a tooth with a large filling
Hold a dental bridge in place
Cover a dental implant
Restore a tooth after root canal therapy
Cover a misshapen or severely discolored tooth
Since each patient is different, it’s important that you meet with our dentist so you can receive a custom treatment plan that’s tailored to your unique needs.
Next, our dentist will file down and shape your tooth so it’s ready to receive the CEREC dental crown. Once the tooth is prepared, we’ll take digital dental impressions of your smile. These impressions are sent to our computer where our dentist will be able to design your new dental crown.
CEREC Crown Fabrication
Once the design is ready, your dentist will send it to the milling machine in our office. From there, your tooth will be fabricated from a block of ceramic that best matches the color of your natural enamel.
Since we’re able to design and fabricate dental crowns under our own roof, we’re not dependent on a third-party lab. Instead, we can plan and place your new CEREC dental crown in one visit to our office.
One of the benefits of a same-day crown is that you’re able to avoid needing a temporary crown. This eliminates the typical waiting period between preparing your tooth for the procedure and placing the permanent dental crown.
Dental Crown Placement
When the milling machine is done carving out your new crown, our dentist will fit it over your tooth to ensure it’s the proper size, shape, and color. That way, your new CEREC crown will look natural and blend in with the rest of your smile. Once the dentist is satisfied with how the crown fits and looks, they’ll cement it onto your tooth. They’ll also check your bite and make any necessary final adjustments to ensure a comfortable fit.
Once you’re done with your appointment, it’s important that you continue to practice good oral hygiene at home. This means brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time. We also recommend flossing once daily to remove any plaque or food particles caught between teeth.
A CEREC crown will last several years with proper care, which is why it’s also important that you continue scheduling appointments with Ridgewood Dental PC for preventive care.