Lifelike, Functional Same-day Crowns Using CEREC®
For patients who need to restore a damaged tooth, Dr. Hua Gao and Dr. Xiaomei Sui can create stunning, same-day dental crowns using CEREC® technology. In place of traditional laboratory methods, CEREC® uses digital impressions, advanced software, and state-of-the-art precision to create a custom dental crown that is ready for placement in a single appointment. Our office in Aurora, CO, is proud to offer this efficient and highly aesthetic treatment option.
What Is CEREC®?
CEREC®, or Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic, is a method of computer-aided design and manufacturing that uses digital impressions to create porcelain crowns using an on-site milling unit. CEREC® crowns can restore cracked, damaged, and decayed teeth. For patients undergoing root canal therapy, CEREC® also allows us to perform the decay removal and restoration in a single appointment, whereas offices that do not offer same-day crowns typically complete root canal treatment over the span of two appointments.
CEREC® allows us to complete every step of treatment, from imaging to the placement of your restoration, in a single appointment.
During your appointment, we will first take 3D images of your smile to design a crown that blends with your surrounding teeth. Our doctors will use special software to make adjustments to the model as needed and ensure that it aligns with your bite. Once we are satisfied with the design, the machine will begin crafting your crown out of a single block of biocompatible ceramic. In less than one hour, the crown will be ready for placement.
Benefits of Using CEREC®
The use of CEREC® in our office allows us to provide patients with more comfortable, efficient treatment. Creating dental crowns on-site allows us to avoid laboratory costs and keep the treatment you need more affordable.
- Comfort: While dental crowns are traditionally created using putty impressions, these can be uncomfortable for patients. CEREC® impressions are obtained using 3D imaging, eliminating the need for putty, and providing images of your mouth with more accuracy and efficiency than ever before.
- Convenience: We understand how difficult it can be to schedule a visit to the dentist. CEREC® allows us to complete your treatment in a single office visit. Patients can return to their normal routine with a newly restored smile immediately following the procedure.
- Cost: Outside laboratory and ceramist fees can be costly, but creating your new restoration in our office allows us to keep the cost of your treatment low. Since your crowns are created on the same day, you do not have to pay for the additional cost of a temporary crown. CEREC® patients can rest assured that their investment will provide functional and aesthetic benefits for years to come.
- Aesthetics: CEREC® crowns are made from durable, highly lifelike porcelain and are a good alternative to traditional metal or gold crowns. For patients who need to replace gold or metal crowns, CEREC® restorations can be an attractive alternative.
Schedule Your Consultation
CEREC® technology allows us to complete every step of your treatment, from imaging to the placement of your restoration, in a single appointment. To find out if you are a good candidate for CEREC® same-day crowns, call H&M Family Dentistry at (303) 353-9611 or contact us online.