CEREC® one-day crowns provide a quick and convenient way to repair damaged or severely decaying teeth. At R&J Dental, a restorative dental clinic in San Antonio, Texas, general and family dentist Habib Rahemtulla, DDS, and his team use CEREC one-day crowns to repair severe tooth damage. Call the office today to schedule a CEREC one-day crown consultation, or book your appointment online.
The biggest difference between a CEREC crown and a traditional dental crown is how it’s made.
CEREC crowns are designed, created, and installed with computer-assisted technology. The entire process occurs in-office and usually takes less than 90 minutes.
What’s more, CEREC one-day crowns are made from very strong ceramic. Ceramic looks like your natural tooth enamel, ensuring the crown blends in with your natural teeth.
Traditional dental crowns are designed and created by technicians at a dental lab. The manufacturing process takes several weeks and requires multiple dentist visits.
These crowns are made from various materials, including ceramic, porcelain, and amalgam (several different metals).
Dr. Rahemtulla and the team use CEREC one-day crowns to:
Crowns can repair teeth weakened by general wear-and-tear and cavities.
Before recommending a CEREC one-day crown, Dr. Rahemtulla reviews your dental records, completes an oral exam, and takes 3D cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) X-rays. Dr. Rahemtulla reviews the X-rays to assess the severity of the damage or decay and to determine the best treatment approach.
If you qualify for a CEREC crown, Dr. Rahemtulla numbs your mouth with an anesthetic and removes the decaying or damaged portion of your tooth enamel. Then, he uses an intraoral camera to take digital impressions of your tooth.
Dr. Rahemtulla uploads your impressions to a proprietary computer-design program and creates a blueprint for your CEREC one-day crown. The program allows him to make precise adjustments, ensuring your crown fits perfectly.
After finalizing the crown design, Dr. Rahemtulla transfers it to the onsite CEREC milling machine. Then, the machine creates a custom crown from a block of ceramic.
When your CEREC one-day crown is ready, Dr. Rahemtulla polishes and bonds it on top of your tooth.
CEREC one-day crowns last 10-15 years on average, but they often last longer with good oral hygiene and routine maintenance.* Dr. Rahemtulla recommends brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing regularly, and avoiding bad habits, such as nail biting and chewing on ice cubes.
Call R&J Dental today to schedule a CEREC one-day crown consultation, or make your appointment online.
*Individual results may vary.