Same-Day Smile Repair with CEREC®
If you’re in need of a dental crown but you don’t want to worry about scheduling multiple appointments or waiting weeks to receive your final restoration, Dr. LJ Adam and his dentistry team are proud to offer same day smile repair using the state-of-the-art CEREC system. If you’re interested in finding out more or would like to schedule a CEREC consultation, call our team today. We’ll be happy to explain all of your smile restoration solutions and help you develop a plan to achieve a flawless smile. We welcome patients from Worthington and surrounding communities including Fenelton and Butler.
What is CEREC?
CEREC stands for chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics. That’s quite the mouthful, but it simply means we’re able to design and craft an advanced dental restoration like a crown or bridge using technology available in our office. Rather than designing the restoration during one appointment, sending the design to a lab, and placing the restoration at an additional visit, we can complete this entire process on a single day.
How does CEREC Work?
Essentially, same-day restorations are crafted and placed in exactly the same way that traditional dental restorations are, but the process is all completed in our office rather than in conjunction with a dental lab that crafts the crown or bridge. CEREC is a computer assisted design and manufacture (CAD/CAM) system that gives Dr. LJ the ability to prepare teeth, capture digital bite impressions, design the restoration, and send the design to an in-office milling unit where an all-ceramic crown is made. Then, he attaches the dental crown on the same day. That means you’re able to visit our office with a damaged tooth and leave the same day with a fully repaired smile. This is much more convenient for many patients, since there’s no need to schedule multiple appointments. Additionally, CEREC restorations are great for patients experiencing dental emergencies as we’re often able to repair dental damage on the same day you call.
If you need a restoration, you can skip the hassle of multiple appointments with CEREC crowns. The state-of-the-art treatment allows you to get a high-quality restoration in just one day. While you’ve heard about the benefits, it’s natural to have a few concerns before you’re ready to choose a same-day crown. Here are the answers to a few of the most common questions ask us about CEREC technology to make the best choice for your smile.
Will I need a temporary crown?
Your tooth is prepared the same day you receive your permanent restoration, so you won’t need a temporary crown. Traditionally, a patient needs one for a couple of weeks to protect their tooth until their final restoration is ready to be cemented in place. Since everything is completed in one appointment with CEREC, you can skip the temporary crown.
How long do CEREC crowns last?
With your restoration created in about an hour, you might worry it won’t be durable; however, this isn’t the case. CEREC crowns have the same lifespan as those made in a dental lab. Typically, a crown lasts for about 5 to 7 years before needing to be replaced, but it’s not uncommon for one to last for decades with the right aftercare. You can promote the longevity of your restoration by practicing good oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist in Worthington regularly for a cleaning and checkup.
Will I still need an impression?
An impression is necessary to get the information required to craft your crown to meet your exact specifications, but the process may differ from what you’re used to. The traditional method involves holding a messy material in your mouth for several minutes. If you have dental pain or a strong gag reflex, it can be quite uncomfortable. CEREC uses a more accurate method to gather the information. A digital scan is taken of your mouth in just a few seconds. The scan is used along with CAD/CAM software to ensure your crown meets your exact needs, including the size, shape, and color.
How much do CEREC crowns cost?
You might believe CEREC crowns are more expensive than traditional restorations, but they are more affordable than you might realize. There isn’t a set fee for a crown because the cost is determined by your specific needs. We’ll provide you with a personalized estimate during your initial consultation and explain the fees associated with your plan. Our office accepts several payment methods, including third-party financing.
Can I use my dental insurance to pay for my crown?
Every insurance policy is unique, but most dental plans cover CEREC crowns. After reaching your annual deductible, you may be able to use your dental benefits to offset the amount you will pay out-of-pocket. A member of our team will file the necessary claim forms, so you have one less thing to worry about. We’ll help you maximize your benefits to keep your treatment within your budget.