One-visit CEREC Crowns and Bridges


What are the benefits of CEREC®?

CEREC® provides three benefits

  • It is not a temporary restoration, it does not involve the creation of messy impressions, and the procedure can be completed in one visit.
  • CEREC® is an advanced dental technology that can be used for restoring cracked, decayed, or chipped teeth. It can fabricate full crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers. The restorations can be completed within minutes.
  • CEREC® creates restorations that are primarily composed of compressed porcelain. A restoration from this technology allows treatments to be completed in one visit. An additional benefit is that uncomfortable impressions or temporary wear is not required to be worn by patients.

What happens during the CEREC® procedure?

During the procedure, all tooth decay will be removed. The teeth will be shaped for a digital picture. A fine powder will be sprayed onto the teeth, this improves the quality of the image. The image will be used to design the restoration within the same visit. After it is completed, the CEREC® machine will mill the restoration.

Once the milling process has been completed, the restoration will be placed in a one-hour process.

What is the dental bridge procedure?

Dental bridges are one of the best treatments for replacing missing teeth. During this process, your existing teeth will be used to create a bridge over the area where the lost tooth or teeth occupied. Bridges can be created from various materials, including gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain for the strongest and most durable result.

A bridge can be created beginning with the creation of abutments from your existing teeth. The existing teeth will be recontoured to ensure there is a base for the bridge. After the abutments have been created, a mold will be created and the area sent to the dental lab. The lab will use the mold to create a bridge that fits properly and feels close to your natural teeth.

The bridge can be created from two crowns placed on either end on the abutments and a pontic. While your permanent bridges are being fabricated, a temporary bridge will be worn. This temporary restoration will keep your abutments protected and the gum areas from exposure. A follow-up visit will be scheduled once the permanent bridge has been created.

It may take some time before your teeth becomes adjusted to the bridge. After a few days, you will feel like you have your natural teeth again. You should maintain a diet of soft foods for a few days following the procedure. You can return to your regular diet after no issues have been experienced.

If you are missing a tooth and are considering a replacement treatment, you can turn to bridges offered by Dr. Hegde in her San Diego office. Please call us today to set up your appointment.

Dental crowns treatment in San Diego

As time continues to weaken our teeth, they can become more susceptible to developing decay, cracks, discoloration, and other problems. If your smile isn’t what it once was, our dental crowns treatments in San Diego can help you recover a full, cosmetically vibrant smile. If a tooth looks decayed or seems to be weakened, a filling or dental bonding may not produce adequate results.

All porcelain crowns in Dr Hegde’s office are made using a state of the art CEREC® machine that utilizes CAD/CAM technology to design and fabricate a crown to exacting standards. This eliminates human error in the form, fit and shade of the crown. These highly aesthetic and functional crowns are made from a range of porcelain material and can be made and restored in less than 1-2 days, if needed.

What is the crown procedure like?

The crowns process requires approximately 2-3 visits to the dentist. During the first visit, the tooth will be reshaped by shaving the enamel so the crown can be placed over it. A local anesthetic will be provided before the procedure so discomfort is eliminated.

After the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be created of the tooth and surrounding teeth. This mold will be used to create a new crown that will be that will have an appearance comparable to your surrounding teeth. A temporary crown will be provided until the final one is ready.Durable crowns can last for up to 10-15 years. It is important to provide care for it with the same attention and detail as with any of your other teeth. Practice consistent and effective brushing and flossing techniques to ensure it lasts for a long time.

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