CEREC Same Day Dentistry
In years past, getting a custom dental restoration (such as a crown or indirect filling) meant waiting at least two weeks between appointments. Thanks to same-day dental technology like CEREC, that’s no longer the case.
- Single-visit dental crowns
- Custom matching restorations
- Shorter visits
- Fewer trips to the dentist’s office
- Improved accuracy and comfort
What is CEREC?
CEREC (chairside economic restoration of esthetic ceramics) uses 3D CAD/CAM technology similar to what you see with modern 3D printing systems. Only in the case of CEREC, it involves carving a solid, custom restoration out of a quality block of ceramic. When you visit Torrey Hills Dental for a CEREC procedure, we use virtual scanning equipment to record a digital “impression” of your tooth. This model is sent to the CEREC software, where we can custom design a durable, cosmetic crown, inlay, onlay, or other restoration.
Advantages of CEREC
Completing routine dental crown or inlay/onlay appointments typically requires two appointments. With CEREC, our San Diego dentists can complete the entire procedure in just one. Nothing is sent to an off-site lab, so there are no cases or processes to wait on. You can simply set back and relax, or catch up on other treatment while you’re here. Fewer dental appointments save time, save money, and improve your comfort. Plus, all CEREC restorations are made of solid ceramic, so there are no visible metals when you smile.
We’re able to match your same-day crown to the color of your natural tooth since CEREC offers a variety of shades. Your new restoration will simply blend in with your surrounding teeth.
Custom Crowns in a Matter of Minutes
A typical CEREC dental crown can be milled in as quickly as 15 minutes. So, what used to take two appointments, plus driving back and forth, now requires less than an hour from start to finish.
Being that CEREC is extremely accurate, you can expect a perfectly fitting crown from the start.
Do I Need a Dental Crown?
Lab-made restorations provide extra protection for structurally compromised teeth. Unlike fillings, crowns provide added protection, being that they completely encase the tooth underneath. With CEREC technology, we can craft your crown in less time, protecting your tooth before something happens.
If you have a tooth that’s severely decayed, worn, or fractured, a crown will be one of the only options left to preserve it.
Crowns are also required in instances where the tooth has been treated with a root canal. Since the nerve is no longer vital, the tooth is more prone to damage. A same-day crown can be completed on the date of your root canal treatment, or shortly thereafter to save you time.
Are you replacing an individual tooth with a dental implant? CEREC crowns can be attached to your implant abutment, for efficient implant restoration.
Indirect fillings—also called “three-quarter crowns”—like inlays and onlays are the perfect option when you need more than a filling, but not quite a full crown.
Reserve your CEREC consultation today to discover how we can help you enjoy a healthier smile in less time.