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CEREC Cosmetic Dentistry

CEREC stands for Ceramic Reconstruction. This innovative technology fabricates dental crowns in a single visit. Most traditional crowns require multiple visits and temporary crowns, but CEREC crowns streamline the process. CEREC crowns offer durability and aesthetic appeal and reduce treatment time. Howard County Smiles Family Dentistry in Columbia, MD, employs this technology to provide efficient, high-quality care.  

CEREC Cosmetic Dentistry

Definition and Benefits of CEREC Technology

CEREC technology utilizes computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) to create custom dental crowns. This process starts with a digital impression of the patient’s tooth. The benefits of CEREC technology lie in its precision, speed, and the comfort it offers patients. Unlike traditional crowns, which can take weeks to manufacture, CEREC crowns take mere hours.  

How CEREC Crowns Differ from Traditional Crowns

Traditional crowns often involve messy impressions, temporary crowns, and long waiting periods. Patients typically need two or more appointments. In contrast, CEREC crowns eliminate these inconveniences. The entire process, from digital impression to final fitting, occurs within a single visit. This efficiency allows Howard County Smiles to serve patients better, ensuring a quicker path to restore oral health.  

The Procedure for Getting CEREC Dental Crowns

The process of receiving a CEREC crown consists of several steps, each crucial to the final outcome. Howard County Smiles prioritizes patient comfort and precision throughout each stage.  

Initial Consultation and Assessment

During the initial consultation, the dentist evaluates the patient’s dental health. This assessment determines if a CEREC crown suits the patient’s needs. Factors such as the tooth’s condition, bite alignment, and overall oral health influence this decision.  

Digital Impressions and Design Process

Once deemed suitable for a CEREC crown, the dentist takes a digital impression of the patient’s tooth. The CEREC software then creates a 3D model of the crown. This digital design ensures a precise fit, enhancing the crown’s comfort and functionality.  

Milling and Restorations in a Single Visit

After designing the crown, the CEREC machine mills it from a solid block of ceramic. This process takes about 15 minutes. The dentist then bonds the newly milled crown to the patient’s tooth, adjusting it for optimal fit and comfort. This single-visit approach minimizes disruption to the patient’s schedule and offers immediate results.  

Advantages of Choosing CEREC Crowns at Howard County Smiles

Howard County Smiles Family Dentistry excels in providing CEREC crowns due to its commitment to advanced technology and patient care. The advantages of choosing CEREC crowns include time-saving convenience, enhanced comfort and fit, and impressive durability.  

Time-Saving Convenience

Patients appreciate the time-saving nature of CEREC crowns. Traditional crowns often require multiple visits over several weeks, but CEREC crowns reduce this to a single appointment. This efficiency allows patients to return to their daily routines without prolonged disruption.  

Enhanced Comfort and Fit

CEREC crowns boast a precise fit due to digital impressions and CAD/CAM technology. This precision translates to enhanced comfort and fewer post-procedure adjustments. At Howard County Smiles, patients experience greater satisfaction with their restorations compared to traditional methods.  

Durability and Longevity

CEREC crowns are crafted from high-quality ceramic, ensuring durability and longevity. These crowns resist wear and maintain their aesthetic appeal over time. The team at Howard County Smiles uses CEREC technology to provide restorations that stand the test of time, both functionally and aesthetically.