Extensive tooth decay sometimes requires more than just a filling. Dental crowns are used to cover up large areas of decay, or to restore teeth that have been fractured, chipped, or discolored. Ceramic crowns have become the new standard in dental restorations, and sometimes people even opt to have gold and amalgam crowns and fillings replaced with the more attractive tooth-colored variety. Whatever your reason for needing a crown, Rochester cosmetic dentist, Dr. Gilly Calcagno, explains how incredible technology called CEREC allows dentists to provide their patients with complete crown services in one visit.
What is CEREC?
CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEramic REConstruction machine) is a technologically advanced piece of dental equipment that can make a customized dental crown right before your eyes. In the very same visit, your dentist can prep and fit you with a crown that is color-matched to your existing teeth thanks to CEREC. The ceramic materials used for these restorations offer a similar look to tooth enamel when light shines on them. It would take a highly trained eye to discern the restoration from the natural teeth.
What’s the Big Advantage of CEREC?
The convenience of getting a one-visit crown means that you will limit any anxiety you have about going in for a dental procedure. Additionally, you won’t have to leave the office with an ill-fitting temporary crown, and wait for days while a lab manufactures your permanent crown. Impressions can be made, the tooth can be prepared, and the crown itself can be fabricated while you rest comfortably in the dentist’s chair. Your new crown is next bonded to your tooth through a chemical process that allows your dentist to save as much healthy tissue as possible.
CEREC Crowns in Rochester
Your Rochester dentist, Dr. Gilly Calcagno, provides comprehensive dental care for the entire family. If you are interested in getting a crown made from CEREC, call our 55902 dentist office at (507) 281-3659. We are happy to serve patients in Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, and surrounding communities.