In the past, manufacturing dental crowns required the use of a ceramics lab; yet, with the help of CEREC technology, neither the patient nor the doctor needs to wait for dental restorations. It’s now possible to create one-visit dental crownswith an in-office milling machine.
To explain how CEREC technology works to create one-visit dental crowns, Dr. Steven Van Wicklen, your Austin, TX dentist shares this information with his patients.
What Makes a One-Visit Dental Crown Possible?
The CEREC milling machine is a state-of-the-art, computerized milling system that allows dentists to create dental restorations right in the office. With CEREC patients can receive perfectly made, one-visit dental crowns. This means the days of waiting weeks for a ceramics labs to make dental restorations is now a thing of the past.
The way the system works is simple. Your Austin, TX dentist takes impressions and x-rays of your mouth, particularly focusing on the tooth requiring the crown. Then, the information is transferred to a specialized computer which generates a 3-D image of the patient’s mouth. Here, the dentist can alter the shape and color of crown to ensure it fits properly within the space and matches your surrounding teeth. After the necessary adjustments have been made, the machine mills a crown from a pure ceramic block, and within minutes, the dentist has the newly created crown.
Once the crown is made, the dentist walks the restoration over to the patient and permanently bonds it in place on the same day. Using CEREC cuts down on shipping costs and the dentist has full control over the manufacturing process.
Additional Restorations that CEREC Can Manufacture
Other than making one-visit dental crowns, dentists can make a number of porcelain-based dental pieces. This includes: veneers, bridges, crowns for dental implants, and even inlays and onlays. With this in-office system, dentists won’t require the use of temporary dental pieces since restorative procedures won’t need multiple appointments.
Furthermore, should anything happen to your porcelain-based dental piece, Dr. Van Wicklen can produce a replacement one in no time.
Get the Latest Dental Technology from Your Austin, TX Dentist
With the help of CEREC technology, Dr. Van Wicklen can provide his patients with better, more advanced dentistry. If you would like to learn more about one-visit dental crowns, simply ask Dr. Van Wicklen how the CEREC milling machine works. To schedule an appointment with our Austin, TX dental practice, call us at (512) 448-3131. Also, visit our website for services, patient forms, and to read more about the team. We happily welcome patients from Bouldin, East Cesar Chavez, South River City, Zilker, Riverside, Rosewood, Chestnut, and the surrounding areas.