Yes! Dr. Adam Piotrowski uses CEREC to plan and place dental crowns in one appointment. Many of our patients appreciate not dealing with uncomfortable temporary crowns. A CEREC crown also matches the size, shape, and color as the rest of your teeth for the best fit. Continue reading to learn what you can expect during your appointment. Our dental crown dentist in Grand Rapids, MI is here to help!
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Have questions about the dental crown procedure? Be sure to ask them during your consultation! During your meeting, Dr. Piotrowski will also help you explore your options. We often recommend dental crowns for teeth weakened by injury or decay. Yet, what we recommend depends on your unique situation. For example, we may use a dental inlay or onlay if a cavity is too small for a crown, yet too big for a filling.
Digital Dental Impressions
A dental crown covers the entire visible part of your tooth above the gum line. For this reason, we’ll need to remove enough tooth structure to make room for the . Once we prep your tooth, we’ll take digital dental impressions. In the past, dentists used trays of pink putty to take impressions of teeth. Today, we use a non-invasive handheld scanner to take digital impressions. These impressions are then sent to our computer.
Digital dental impressions are much more accurate than putty. This is because with putty there is always the risk of the material changing shape on its trip to an outside lab. 3D scans taken with CEREC don’t change over time. As a result, you can expect yourto be an excellent fit over your tooth.
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. It partly gets its name because the dentist designs a dental crown in a chair next to the patient. That way, you’re able to see your dental crown get designed right in front of your eyes.
We have a milling machine in our office that sculpts CEREC dental crowns from blocks of ceramic. This piece of dental technology is able to create dental crowns to a high degree of precision. This means that you’ll be able to enjoy a CEREC crown that fits well and looks natural. We have ceramic blocks in various shades of white to match the rest of your teeth.
Our dentist will make sure your dental crown is the right shape, size, and color to match the rest of your teeth. For example, there needs to be enough space between your same-day crown and adjacent teeth so you can floss. Once Dr. Piotrowski is satisfied with the fit of your dental crown, he’ll cement it in place.
Once Dr. Piotrowski places your dental crown, he’ll check your bite once more to make sure the fit is perfect. That way, you won’t feel any pain or discomfort when biting down. Once our same-day dentist is done with the final inspection, you’ll be able to return back to your regular schedule. Unlike traditional crowns, CEREC crowns only take one appointment. Call us today to learn if you’re a candidate for a CEREC dental crown.