Dental crowns, often crafted from dental ceramic because of the material’s ability to mimic natural tooth structure, are a common restorative and cosmetic solution to numerous dental health issues. Before placing a crown over a tooth, Dr. Foster first prepares the tooth by sculpting a minimal amount of its structure from the top. Usually, you’d have to wear a temporary crown while a dental lab crafted your permanent porcelain one. With CEREC, Dr. Foster can prepare your tooth, craft your custom restoration, and place it over the tooth all in the same office, and often during the same visit.
CEREC technology, which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, is a sophisticated method of creating lifelike porcelain dental enhancements in-office. After preparing an afflicted tooth, Dr. Foster will take precise, digital measurements of your mouth and tooth, then send to the specifications digitally to the on-site CEREC milling machine. The computer-based process can also help Dr. Foster create partial crowns (inlays and onlays) for patients who don’t require a complete dental crown.
What Else can CEREC Do?
While partial and complete dental crowns are popular, they aren’t the only ceramic restorations that Dr. Foster can create in-office using CEREC technology. Patients who need to cosmetically enhance their smile due to several teeth blemishes can benefit from CEREC-crafted porcelain veneers. If you’ve lost a tooth, then Dr. Foster can create a durable dental bridge to restore your smile’s beauty and function.
Is Same-Day Ceramics Right for You?
Quicker treatment times, fewer dental visits, and no need for temporaries are among the many benefits of CEREC, but the technology also has certain limits. For instance, the on-site machine is best-suited to small restorations consisting of up to three or four pieces, but may not work as well to create larger restorations. If you require a complete set of veneers or a significantly-sized dental bridge, then Dr. Foster may prefer to call on our trusted dental lab for more durable construction.
About Your Columbia, TN Dentist:
David Foster, DDS is a Columbia, TN native who’s served the dental needs of patients and their families in our community since 1985. If you live in Columbia, Lewisburg, Lawrenceburg, Hohenwald, Centerville, Pulaski, or any of the surrounding communities, then call us today at (931) 388 – 3384 to schedule an appointment.