In the past, fixing a cracked tooth with a crown meant multiple visits to the dentist office, messy trays used to take impressions, and uncomfortable temporary crowns while you waited for your permanent restorations to be created in an offsite lab. Fort Worth dentist, Dr. Nikki Green wants you to know that those days are over, thanks to the new CEREC® technology offered by Ft. Worth Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. CEREC® allows Dr. Green to diagnose a problem tooth and create a crown to repair the tooth in just one visit.
For patients who have cracked or broken teeth, dental crowns provide valuable restorations that allow us to rebuild the tooth, restoring both aesthetics and function. The advent of all-porcelain crowns has provided restorations designed to look just like natural teeth, that we can color and shape in such a way that they blend in flawlessly with your own teeth so that nobody can ever tell the difference.
We use dental crowns, also known as “caps,” to repair a range of issues that can cause trouble for your teeth. Some of the most common reasons for a crown include:
Ceramic crowns provide resistance to stains, so patients need not worry about getting whitening treatments to keep them looking clean and white. Dr. Green can design and create ceramic dental crowns right in our office in just one visit, with the use of CEREC® technology.
CEREC® technology takes crowns to a new level and makes them an even more convenient option. This cutting-edge system allows us to create beautiful and durable restorations from ceramic right here in our office in just one visit, making dental care even more comfortable and simple for you.
CEREC® stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CERamic REConstruction. The system includes an acquisition unit, which holds a CEREC® camera and computer, CEREC® software, and a milling machine. The camera takes a picture of your tooth, which we use to make a 3D model of it on the computer.
The milling unit creates the actual crown right in the office, ready to be bonded the same day. Used in conjunction with our exclusive Galileos 3D Imaging system, Dr. Green can use CEREC® to create and place an implant and restoration with expert precision in the same visit. CEREC® even makes it possible to complete several restorations in one visit.
As with most procedures we perform, the placing of a CEREC® dental crown will begin with a consultation. When you arrive at our comfortable Ft. Worth, TX dental office for your scheduled appointment, Dr. Green will examine your teeth and decide what kind of restoration you need.
If you require a dental crown, she will prepare your tooth by removing any decay and shaping the tooth for the replacement. Next, the doctor will use the CEREC® digital imaging camera to take a digital impression of your tooth. She will then use the CEREC® software to convert that image into a virtual 3D model, which she will use to design your dental crown. With the click of a button, she will send the design to our milling unit.
Dr. Green will then choose a ceramic block that best matches your natural tooth color and place it in the machine. Within minutes, the milling unit will create your crown right in the office, and Dr. Green can bond it into place permanently. For our patients who require dental implants, the doctor can also send the virtual 3D model of the restoration to our Galileos® digital imaging system.
The integration of these two systems allows the doctor to use digital images of your entire jaw to plan precision placement for an implant if one is needed for the restoration, and restore it with a beautifully made ceramic crown.
Same day crowns represent a remarkable advancement in dental technology, but CEREC® technology has even more advancements on the horizon. Dr. Green can now use CEREC® to create porcelain veneers, or inlays and onlays, as well as crowns. The technology company promises advancements in materials available as well, including zirconia, which creates some of the most gorgeous, durable restorations on the market.
Dr. Green is excited to share this wonderful new technology with all of our patients. If you have a tooth that needs repairs or an older crown that has lost its aesthetic appearance, please call our Ft. Worth dental office today at (817) 653-8859 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Green.