Dr. Stacy Goodwill sees many patients who have either damaged or lost teeth due to severe decay, gum disease, or facial trauma. For these patients, the doctor turns to dental crowns to restore the affected teeth.
The last few decades have seen some incredible advancements in dental crown technology, including the development of porcelain crowns that are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Now, the doctors are thrilled to bring our patients another advancement in the placement of dental crowns: CEREC® technology. Using this technology, the doctors can now design, create, and place your permanent dental crown in just one visit.
To learn more about CEREC technology and how it can benefit your smile, call Cornerstone Dental in Fargo, ND today at 701-237-3583 and schedule a consultation with one of the doctors.
When Do I Need a Dental Crown?
The doctors generally place dental crowns to help protect damaged teeth. If a patient has one or more damaged teeth, the doctors can place a crown to keep the tooth from suffering further damage. A dental crown will also restore a natural, healthy looking smile to the patient’s face.
Occasionally, a patient may have a cavity so large that the existing tooth structure can no longer support a filling. In this case, the doctor can replace the filling with a dental crown, providing structure and durability to the tooth, while preventing the tooth from suffering further damage.
Some patients who have lost one or more teeth may opt for a dental bridge to replace the tooth. Most dental bridges have crowns on either end that fit over the teeth on each side of the gap, holding the bridge securely in place.
Dr. Stacy Goodwill will sometimes use dental crowns in situations other than repairing teeth. When the doctor performs a root canal, she will often use dental crowns to cover the site of the treatment after cleaning out the tooth. We can also use crowns to restore dental implants.
What Are CEREC® Dental Crowns?
The doctor will design and create CEREC® same-day crowns right in our office, typically in just one visit. CEREC® stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEramic REConstruction. The CEREC® system consists of an acquisition unit, which holds a CEREC® camera and computer, CEREC® proprietary software, and an in-house milling machine.
The doctor takes a picture of the patient’s tooth with the camera, then uses the CEREC® software to turn the picture into a digital 3D model on the computer. The doctor uses this model to create the patient’s new crown, sending his design to the milling unit. She inserts a block of porcelain into the unit and, with the click of a button, the unit fabricates a brand new dental crown, ready to be bonded to the patient’s troublesome tooth right away.
If a patient has completely lost his tooth, the doctor can use the CEREC® system in conjunction with a 3D Imaging system to create and place an implant and restoration with expert precision in just one visit. The doctors can even complete several restorations in one visit with the CEREC® system.
Placing Dental Crowns Using CEREC®
As with most procedures we perform, the placing of a CEREC® dental crown will begin with a exam. Our doctor will examine your teeth and decide what kind of restoration you need. If you require a dental crown, they 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, the doctor will send the design to our milling unit. She 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 the doctor will bond it into place permanently.
Call Us Today
To learn more about CEREC®, and how this amazing technology can work for you, contact our Fargo, ND dental office today at (701) 237-3583
and schedule your consultation.