If you need to get a dental crown, you may be surprised to discover that our dental team can easily craft, prep your tooth and place your permanent crown in just a single appointment. No more time spent going back and forth from our practice to get the restorative dentistry you need. Thanks to advanced CEREC technology, our dentist Dr. Abou-Ezzi and his team can craft beautiful, natural-looking crowns and other restorations right here in our Methuen, MA, office.
What is CEREC?
CEREC, which stands for chairside economical restorations of esthetic ceramics, is an advanced dental technology that allows Dr. Abou-Ezzi and his dental team to be able to craft attractive, durable, and realistic crowns, veneers, inlays and onlays for our patients who need to restore cracked, broken or weak teeth.
What is Involved in Getting a CEREC Crown?
It might be hard to believe but you’ll come into our office and in about 1-2 hours you’ll have a brand-new permanent crown. Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that cover a natural tooth to make the tooth strong and fully functional again after damage, injury, or decay.
Once we determine that you are the ideal candidate for a same-day crown, this quick treatment involves,
Taking Digital Impressions
We will need to take impressions of your tooth in order to make a restoration that will provide the exact measurements needed to fit properly. Of course, impressions usually mean getting molds of your teeth, but with this amazing CEREC technology, we can easily take these measurements with a small handheld camera. No annoying molds to deal with. It only takes a couple of minutes to capture the images we need.
Designing and Fabricating Your CEREC Crown
Once Dr. Abou-Ezzi snaps the necessary photos of your tooth, these photos will be uploaded to the computer and turned into 3D images. We will use these images to design an artificial tooth that will fit right over your natural tooth. Once the crown is designed the next step is to fabricate it.
Based on the shade of your teeth we will choose the proper block of ceramic that will blend right in with the rest of your smile. From there, we will place the block into the milling station, where it will immediately chisel away your restoration while you wait.
Fitting and Placing the Crown
Once the crown is complete, the next step is to place the crown over your tooth. We will check the fit of the crown before we cement it into place. Once cemented into place, we will give it one good, final polish before the process is complete.