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By James C. Lewis, DMD
February 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

CEREC Dental CrownsThere are several restorative procedures, but one of the most efficient is getting CEREC crowns at your New Port Richey, FL, dentist.

CEREC crowns are made in your dentist's office with the use of Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing, also known as CAD/CAM. This process saves you time and the hassle of replacing temporary crown restorations with permanent restorations

Crowns are porcelain caps usually made at a lab when your New Port Richey dentist takes an impression of your teeth to have them custom made. This process takes time and you'll need to use temporary crowns until the lab sends your permanent ones to your doctor.

Instead of your doctor taking impressions of your teeth, they'll dust reflective powder on your teeth then scan them with a wand that'll take digital pictures of your mouth. The images generate a 3D model of your teeth using CAD/CAM software.

A block of ceramic similar in color to your teeth is sent to a milling machine that'll carve it into the 3D image produced by the CAD/CAM software in about five minutes.

Your doctor will then place the crown in your mouth and you're set to go.

There are several procedures that use dental crowns:

  • Attaching bridges
  • Covering an existing filling that may be dislocated
  • Covering stained or discolored teeth
  • Covering dental implants

If you want to properly care for you new crowns, follow these steps:

  • Floss and brush your teeth. Make sure you remove built-up plaque on your teeth.
  • Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can reduce how long your crowns last. Use a mouth guard or splints to prevent wearing down your crowns.
  • Eat healthier. Don't bite into ice and avoid sugary foods like soda and candy.

Dental crowns reinforce teeth so that they may withstand various degrees of pressure. For more information on CEREC crowns and what they can do for you, contact your New Port Richey, FL, as soon as possible.

By James C. Lewis, DMD
June 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cerec Crowns  

crowns and bridgesThanks to CEREC, you can receive a crown in just one dental visit. Trinity and New Port Richey, FL, dentist Dr. James Lewis restores damaged teeth with CEREC crowns and also uses them to help patients enhance their smiles.

The CEREC process saves time

CEREC crowns are created in your New Port Richey dentist's office, eliminating the need for a dental laboratory. Receiving a crown used to require a multi-step process. After your tooth is reduced in size, your dentist makes an impression of your mouth that is used to create your crown in an off-site dental laboratory. At the end of the visit, you receive a temporary crown and make an appointment to return to the office when your permanent crown is ready.

When your tooth is restored with a CEREC crown, you'll only need to schedule one dental appointment. After your tooth is reduced, your dentist will take a digital impression and design your restoration using CAD/CAM technology. The completed crown design will be sent to an in-office milling machine that will create your new crown from a block of ceramic or resin. You'll leave the office wearing your permanent crown.

CEREC crowns offer several important benefits

CEREC crowns offer a few advantages that just aren't possible with porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, such as:

  • No Uncomfortable Impressions: Soft putty is used to create impressions needed for traditional crowns. The process takes several minutes and can cause gagging in some patients. The digital scanner used for CEREC impressions requires no putty, eliminates gagging, and only takes a few seconds.
  • Less Tooth Reduction: Whether you receive a CEREC crown or a traditional restoration, your tooth must be reduced in size to ensure that the crown will fit correctly. CEREC requires less reduction of tooth structure, which helps keep your tooth stronger.
  • Immediate Correction of Issues: Most CEREC crowns offer a perfect fit, but if a fit issue does occur, a new crown can be created while you wait. If there's a problem with a porcelain crown, you'll need to wait about two weeks to receive another restoration.

Protect your smile with CEREC crowns. Call New Port Richey and Trinity, FL, dentist Dr. James Lewis at (727) 372-7887 to schedule your appointment.

By James C. Lewis, DMD
October 16, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cerec Crowns  

We’ve become accustomed to technology in many aspects of our lives, but the CEREC system for crowns still seems almost like magic. CEREC, which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, refers to a system of integrated technologies that Crowns allow for better looking, longer lasting, and more convenient crown replacements. The system is used for over 6 million crown replacements every year, and continues evolving to remain on the front lines of quality dental care. 

The Technology

There are three main components to the CEREC process - the camera, the computer, and the manufacturing. First, an intra-oral camera is used to take a series of photographs that allow a computer to create an entire virtual model of your bite and the relevant teeth. Your dentist then uses the computer model to develop a custom design, and then sends the design to the office milling machine. In less than fifteen minutes, the machine creates your custom crown out of an advanced biocompatible ceramic, color-matched to blend perfectly with the rest of your teeth. 

The Benefits

It is rare that the extremes of quality and convenience intersect, but with CEREC crowns, you get only the best of both. No plaster molds, no second appointments, no waiting weeks for an offsite laboratory’s product. Your crown is designed, custom-made, and placed all in the duration of a single dentist appointment. This expediency comes at no reduction to the longevity or aesthetic appeal of your crown - in fact, CEREC crowns have been clinically shown to last longer than gold crowns and laboratory manufactured crowns.* Additionally, due to the high-resolution cameras, sophisticated computer design, and extremely accurate diamond-tipped milling machine, CEREC-made crowns fit your mouth precisely and look more natural. 

Get into Dr. Lewis’ office and out with state-of-the-art new crowns in just one appointment! For more information or to schedule an appointment in the New Port Richey, FL area call (727) 372-7887, where the expert team at Dr. James C. Lewis’ office is ready to assist you!

*G. V. Arnetzl, G. Arnetzl: Design of preparations for all-ceramic inlay materials. Int J Comput Dent, 2006. 9(4):289-98

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