Traditional porcelain dental crowns usually require at least two office visits. During the first visit, the tooth is prepared and an impression is made and sent to a dental laboratory to have the crown custom-crafted. The patient is fitted with a temporary crown until the permanent one is ready. Then, the patient returns for a second visit to have the permanent crown bonded in place. However, with the CEREC system, Dr. Fulbright can place dental crowns in just one visit to his office.
To begin the procedure, Dr. Fulbright will ensure that there is no decay in the tooth over which the crown will be placed. He will then gently file down the surface of the tooth to make room for the restoration, and utilize the CEREC system’s imaging component to create a digital impression. The impression will then be used to mill the porcelain restoration here at the office. The machine will fabricate your crown to exact specifications so that it perfectly fits your prepared tooth. After a short wait, your dental crown will be ready and Dr. Fulbright will bond it onto your tooth. With proper care and maintenance, CEREC-made porcelain dental crowns can strengthen and beautify smiles for many years to come.