Ceramics have been used in restorative dentistry for a long time. The color, texture, and even reflectivity levels of ceramic are very similar to natural teeth, making ceramic a great option for crowns and dental implants.
However, in the past, you had to wait for weeks to get your ceramic crowns created and installed. Not anymore! With the revolutionary CEREC® (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) technology, the team at Russell Family Dentistry can have your dental restoration completed with a single visit to our Tomball, Texas office.
Here’s more on what Dr. Louis Russell, Jr and the Russell Family Dentistry team want new and existing patients to know about this exciting breakthrough in restorative dental technology. Could you benefit from the CEREC system this summer?
Dental crowns are a great way to replace or stabilize damaged teeth. A crown sits on top of your natural tooth, so the tooth roots in your jaw stay intact. Dr. Russell can use a crown to repair a cracked or chipped tooth, or complete a restoration after removing areas of tooth decay.
And, dental crowns top off dental implants, one of the longest-lasting options for lost or missing tooth replacement.
You might be familiar with the idea that dental crowns take multiple weeks to put in place. In the past, patients went home with a temporary crown while a permanent ceramic crown was molded, and then had to come in for another appointment to get the permanent crown fixed in place. CEREC makes the process of getting a dental crown a lot quicker and easier.
CEREC gets you the dental treatment you need fast, relieving pain and discomfort with a minimum of inconvenience and hassle.
The CEREC system starts with an intraoral camera that takes a high-definition, highly accurate digital impression of your teeth. When the CEREC computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) unit receives your scan, it’s time to start creating your one-of-a-kind custom crown or bridge.
Dr. Russell approves the design before your crown is milled, and can make any needed tweaks to ensure full comfort and function. Computer milling means that your crown will be exactly produced to specifications.
It only takes about an hour for your crown to be milled from the porcelain that best matches the shade and color of your smile. Then, Dr. Russell positions, adjusts, and cements your crown permanently, completing your restoration in a single office visit.
Porcelain is a highly durable material for dental restorations. Premium options for dental crowns do exist, but can’t be produced with the CEREC same-day system. You’ll need multiple appointments for crowns made of premium materials like zirconia or e.max®, instead of the one-day ease and comfort of porcelain crowns made with CEREC.
If you take good care of your porcelain crowns, they can continue to protect your teeth and even out your smile for years to come.
To learn more about how the state-of-the-art restorative dental technology at Russell Family Dentistry can improve your dental care, get in touch with our expert team today. You can schedule an appointment online or call now to book.