Cracked or weak teeth are often protected using dental crowns, also known as “caps” as they are placed over a tooth to cover it. Crowns can also be used to restore the size and shape of a tooth, to improve a tooth’s appearance, or to cover dental implants. Traditionally, dental crowns were made in a dental lab using impressions of your tooth or teeth. The procedure, therefore, required multiple dentist visits over the course of two to three weeks – first to make the impression, then to have the custom-made crown fitted. A temporary crown was often required to protect the tooth being treated while the permanent crown was being made. Advances in technology have made this process much shorter and easier. CEREC crowns use CAD/CAM imaging to produce a crown in just a few hours.
The CEREC system can be used for inlays and onlays as well. If you have cosmetic dental issues that you’d like to fix, Dr. Thurmond can help to determine whether CEREC technology is the best option for you.