Up until two or so decades ago, fitting a tooth with a dental crown usually required several dental appointments. Nowadays, however, with CEREC technology, people can reap all the benefits of dental crowns with the extra benefit of having them installed in just one visit to the dentist. Here at Cohrs Family Dentistry in Portage, MI, Dr. Keith Cohrs utilizes single visit dental crowns to give users all the benefits that crowns offer in the shortest time possible.

What Exactly is CEREC?

The terms CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic. Essentially, it’s a system that utilizes CAD/CAM, or computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing, for producing chairside dental restorations. Aside from crowns, it can likewise be used for bridges, onlays, and inlays, dentures, dental implants, and other orthodontic devices.

The Difference Between Traditional Crowns and Single Visit Crowns

The traditional way of fabricating crowns starts with reducing the tooth’s width and height. Next, a putty impression of the tooth is made to help ensure proper fit and size. A temporary dental crown will then be installed on the treated tooth until the permanent crown is ready.

In most cases, it can take up to a week or more for the permanent crown to be crafted. When the crown is ready, you’ll come back to your dentist’s office again to have the temporary crown removed. Finally, your dentist will place the permanent crown on your tooth.

Using CEREC technology, on the other hand, will enable your dentist in Portage, MI, to provide single visit dental crowns that only require one dental visit. With this system, your dentist will take digital impressions of the treated tooth with the use of an intraoral scanner following the tooth prep step. The scan enables the CAD/CAM tech to accurately match your natural teeth’s likeness and color to ensure that your ceramic crown will easily blend in and look as real as possible.

For Questions or More Details on Single Visit Dental Crowns, Contact Us

Dial (269) 382-3125 to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Keith Cohrs of Cohrs Family Dentistry in Portage, MI.