Don’t want to wait weeks for a permanent dental crown? Prefer to have your finalized restoration ready the same day you have your tooth cleaned and prepped? At MJM Family Dentistry, our team of experts knows how tiresome it can be to run back and forth to the dentist’s office, which is why we are pleased to offer CEREC® in Fairfax! With CEREC® one-visit dental restorations, you can watch as your custom-made crown is made during your appointment. In just one visit, you will have a fully restored smile that looks and feels completely natural and is functional from the start. To learn more about CEREC® or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!
CEREC dental crowns are an alternative restorative solution that allows you to receive a customized dental crown the same day as your cleaning and prepping procedure. Instead of waiting weeks to receive traditional dental crowns in Fairfax that are created by technicians in a dental lab, CEREC crowns are made in-house using special CAD/CAM software and a milling unit that produces high-quality restorations while you wait.
Mostly made from porcelain, these permanent prosthetics are metal-free, which means they are healthier for your smile and more environmentally friendly. Also, by having a CEREC crown put into place, you cut down on the time spent driving back and forth to your dentist’s office for treatment.
When preparing to have a CEREC crown put into place, it is necessary that your dentist in Fairfax first examine your oral cavity to determine if you require a dental crown. If the decay or damage is minor, you may only need a dental filling; however, if it has penetrated more than the enamel and is moving into the dentin layer, it may be necessary to have a CEREC crown bonded into place.
Before starting the process of cleaning out the decayed areas of your tooth, Dr. Murray will first administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth and prevent you from feeling any discomfort during the process. After thoroughly cleaning the tooth, he will fill it with composite resin to create a tight seal, so bacteria and food particles do not re-enter the weakened tooth.
Once the resin is hardened, he will use a handheld device to take digital impressions of your tooth. Known as CEREC technology, it will scan your mouth and produce high-resolution images that will appear on a nearby screen. After a few minutes, you will see a 3D image appear of your smile. It is at this point that Dr. Murray will make any adjustments necessary to the model, ensuring the milling unit creates the right type of dental crown. When ready, he will send the 3D model to the in-house milling unit, which will then begin to craft your customized crown based on the specifications provided.
Once it is finished, Dr. Murray will examine the restoration to ensure it is in good condition before bonding it over your weakened tooth and giving it a final polish. The results will be a new and improved tooth that looks and feels completely natural.