A dental crown goes over the top of a molar tooth to preserve it in case of decay, infection, or trauma such as a crack or chip. In the past, patients had to come in for two or three appointments over the course of a few weeks for fitting and placement of their dental crown. They also had to receive a temporary crown while a dental laboratory constructed a permanent one.
Receive Your Dental Crown in One Day with Dr. Kenneth Schweizer, DDS PA
In an effort to serve patients better, Dr. Schweizer invested in technology known as CEREC, which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. CEREC involves using a computer to design and create a crown based on your specific tooth measurements. CEREC equipment utilizes computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM).
The entire process of receiving a same day crown in Sarasota, FL takes approximately two hours from start to finish. Here is what you can expect:
- Dr. Schweizer removes a portion of the tooth to allow the crown to fit over the top of it comfortably. He may also need to sand your tooth to smoothen rough edges prior to fitting you with the crown.
- Rather than take a standard dental impression with messy materials, your dentist takes several pictures of the tooth requiring the crown and the teeth nearby it. He uses a tiny intraoral camera with a head the same approximate size as a ballpoint pen.
- Dr. Schweizer works with the CAD and CAM programs to create a new crown for your tooth. He carefully considers pits, ridges, indentations, and fissures in your teeth to ensure that he programs the CEREC equipment to create a crown that fits your tooth perfectly.
- A milling machine carves the identical image that your dentist inputs into the software program. It only takes a few minutes for the machine to carve your dental crown out of a piece of ceramic block.
The last step involves Dr. Schweizer attaching the crown to the top of your tooth with a special type of dental glue.