Is it really possible to make a crown in one visit?
In many situations, Dr. Whitlock can restore teeth in just one visit. While traditional crowns previously required multiple visits, impressions and plastic temporary crowns, Dr. Whitlock is able to make a permanent crown in one visit using advanced CEREC technology.
CEREC combines CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology with a specialized digital camera, advanced software and a precision milling machine to allow an experienced dentist to quickly create a natural-looking ceramic crown in one visit.
How do we make a beautiful crown in one visit?
1. Digital Pictures
Instead of taking a traditional impression, CEREC uses a specialized camera to capture a highly detailed digital image of the area where the crown will be placed.
2. Professional preparation
With your comfort in mind, Dr. Whitlock efficiently prepares the area to accommodate the ceramic crown.
3. Powerful Software
CEREC computer aided design (CAD) software helps Dr. Whitlock create a 3D model of your new tooth using the optical impression or detailed digital image. The 3D model acts as a blueprint for the permanent ceramic crown.
4. Precision Machine
The CEREC then utilizes Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) technology. Two high‑speed diamond burs simultaneously mill a precise restoration while the patient waits. With many different types of long-lasting ceramic available, you can be confident that Dr. Whitlock will meticulously choose the best material for your specific teeth.
5. Finishing Touches
When the ceramic crown is ready, Dr. Whitlock will make sure the shade is acceptable and place your new crown permanently in your mouth.