Crowns are a cosmetic restoration used to strengthen a tooth or improve its shape. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or partially destroyed by tooth decay.
Crowns are “cemented” onto an existing tooth and fully cover the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are very strong.
Crowns or onlays (partial crowns) are needed when there is insufficient tooth strength to hold a filling. Unlike fillings which apply the restorative material directly into your mouth, a crown is fabricated away from your mouth.
Your crown is created in a lab from your unique tooth impression, which allows a dental laboratory technician to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. Your crown is then sculpted just for you so your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.
CEREC is an acronym that stands for:
- Chairside: The technology is used while you are in the dentist’s chair.
- Economical: The procedure is economical for both dentist and patient.
- Restorations: The procedure restores your tooth to its natural beauty, function, and strength.
- Esthetic: The restorations are metal-free, tooth-colored, and more esthetically pleasing.
- Ceramic: High-strength ceramics are used that are similar to the composition of your natural tooth structure.
Omaha CEREC technology allows Omaha general dentist Dr. Beninato to fabricate ceramic dental restorations during a single office visit. For people living in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska, and the surrounding areas, he can create permanent restorations, such as:
The benefits of Sirona Dental Systems’ CEREC technology include:
- Fewer injections
- Less drilling
- Less time required for dental procedures
Dr. Beninato can create your Omaha cosmetic dentistry restorations during a single office visit by following a few simple steps:
- Preparation and examination: Dr. Beninato will examine your mouth and determine the suitable treatment for the tooth problems you are having. After you have received the appropriate anesthetic for your treatment, the tooth is prepared for the dental procedure. This step is the same as for many other dental treatments.
- Optical impression: In this step, the tooth will be coated with a tasteless, nontoxic powder. Then a digital image will be taken of it. This step only takes one or two minutes.
- Creation of dental restoration: The CEREC three-dimensional (3D) computer program obtains a digital image of the tooth and makes a 3D virtual replica of it. Dr. Beninato then uses his experienced dental artistry to design your dental restoration using the CEREC 3D software, which he is specially trained in using. The design data he creates is sent to a separate milling device right in our office. A natural tooth-colored ceramic block that matches your individual tooth shade is positioned in the milling machine, where the design program then creates the exact tooth restoration that Dr. Beninato designed. In only 10 to 20 minutes, your all-ceramic, color-matched restoration is completed and ready to be bonded onto your existing tooth.
- Placement: Dr. Beninato ensures an exact fit, and after the restoration is polished, it is bonded to your tooth.
The major advantages to having this all done at once are that you don’t need a temporary restoration device and all the work is done in just one visit. This is possible for most patients; however, there are situations when an additional visit is needed. Your treatment plan will be thoroughly explained, including the best option for you.
The materials used in CEREC technology are healthier for your teeth and gums than amalgam (an alloy of mercury and other metals used to create tooth cement), gold, or other metals. Omaha CEREC employs the use of natural tooth-colored ceramic materials that provide you with natural beauty, function, and strength.
Since the materials used in CEREC are natural-looking and durable, they are the closest material to your natural enamel. With the CEREC technology, you receive the uppermost superiority in restorative dental treatment.
The Omaha dental office of Premier Dental, which serves Omaha, Lincoln, and surrounding areas in Nebraska, offers consultations to provide customized Nebraska tooth crown solutions for you. Contact Premier Dental today to set up your consultation!