The “crown in a day” procedure has revolutionized dentistry. It’s often referred to by its trade-name, CEREC, which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. At Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we’re smitten with the technology, and our patients are enjoying numerous benefits because we offer the service. Although there is much to love about the crown in a day procedure, here are five of the biggest reasons people are excited to have it done.
#1 You Don’t Have to Wait Two Weeks
Historically, the only way to have a crown made has been to send impressions to a lab and wait for the lab to create the restoration. The process is carried out by a technician or master ceramist, and it takes him about two weeks to make a single crown. It’s a lengthy process of layering porcelain, staining, and baking. With CEREC, your restoration starts off as a single block of ceramic material, which is then reshaped by a computer in the office.
#2 You Only Need One Appointment
Because the machine is in the office and utilizes a streamlined process, it’s much quicker. The restoration is made on the same day the tooth is prepared, so you only need to schedule one appointment. While this is helpful for anyone with a busy life, it’s a huge benefit for those who travel to see the dentist.
#3 You Can Get a Massage While You Wait
Although the restoration is made fairly quickly, there is a little downtime while we wait for the mill to work its magic. Our office provides an array of spa services, including massage. Take advantage of one of our shorter complimentary massages by a licensed massage therapist, read, watch a movie, or just kick back and relax.
#4 CEREC Crowns are Beautiful
When the restoration is made in a lab, it falls upon the ceramist to ensure it looks natural and beautiful. In an office, the aesthetics are reliant upon the skill of the dentist alone. Dr. King is one on 13 worldwide fellows of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, which has incredibly stringent guidelines for even basic accreditation. When you choose a dentist who has taken the additional training and has proven he or she has the skills necessary to be part of the AACD, you can rest assured the results will be stunning.
#5 You Can Skip Messy Impressions
Traditional crowns require impressions to be made using bulky trays and goopy material. CEREC utilizes CAD/CAM technology, so the impressions are digital.
There’s so much to love about CEREC. If you’d like to see if you’re a candidate for crown in a day, contact our office for a consultation today.