CEREC Crowns in Buffalo, NY
Experienced Buffalo Dentists Providing Affordable CEREC Crowns
Teach Dental Group is one of a mere handful of dentistry practices in Western New York to utilize CEREC crowns. CEREC is an innovative technology that bypasses the weeks of preparation that is typically required for dental crowns to be designed.
Instead of waiting for half a month between appointments, CEREC crowns can be created and ready to install in a matter of hours. Patients seeking to restore their teeth to full health and enhance the color and alignment of their smiles no longer have to wear temporary dental crowns for weeks while they wait for their permanent crowns to be designed in a faraway lab.
Dental crowns are ideal when an individual tooth has decayed so greatly that its natural shape cannot be restored, even through the use of a filling. A dental crown can additionally be a cosmetic solution for dental caries (cavities), supplementing a filling in order to fend off bacterial invasion. When tooth whitening is unable to correct discoloration, a dentist can design a crown that mirrors the appearance of a patient’s other teeth, and with the crown in place, the affected tooth can perfectly conform to the rest of the mouth.
CEREC, originally a contraction of “ceramic reconstruction” but now an acronym for “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics,” allows dentists to digitally scan the region of a patient’s mouth that requires a dental crown with an intraoral camera. Once the affected tooth is cleaned and the gums are slightly retracted, a physical impression is made of the area using putty. The affected tooth is next filed down, removing any excess material that would prevent a crown from firmly taking hold. A spray designed to enhance scanning is administered, the region is scanned a second time, and software then uses the data drawn from this scan to create a three-dimensional, virtual impression of the mouth. CEREC technology then cuts into and shapes a small block of feldspathic porcelain, a ceramic derived from the mineral feldspar, to render the crowns. When the CEREC machine has finished the dental crown, the crown is placed in the mouth to check its similarity to the surrounding teeth and its fit on the affected tooth. To match the pallor of the patient’s other teeth, the crown can be removed and then bleached or stained. A cement composite is placed in the interior of the dental crown, which is placed a second time over the affected tooth and pressed into position. Excess cement is cleared away, and that which remains is hardened through exposure to a dental curing light, which uses targeted blue light to solidify the photosensitive composite. The result is a form-fitting dental crown that is all but identical to the original tooth’s shape and will remain in place for years to come.
CEREC crowns have a high survival rate, with over 95% of these crowns remaining intact and firmly in place for a decade after implantation—more effective and stable than crowns made from metal and metallic alloys. In addition, because these crowns are made of ceramic rather than metal, there is no risk of an allergic reaction. CEREC technology is gaining in popularity due to its effectiveness and speed, and Teach Dental is ready and willing to fashion a CEREC same-day crown for every patient seeking to restore her or his smile.