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Reclaim your smile with one day CEREC crowns in Las Vegas

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Your smile is one of the first things that people see, and if you have suffered a dental injury or have tooth decay, a dentist can help you restore your smile. Depending on the type of injury or decay that you have, a CEREC crown that is fitted and applied to your tooth in one day may be a good option for you. Dr. Lim and his team at Hillside Dental in Las Vegas use the latest CEREC technology to provide you with the perfect restoration.

Overview of CEREC crowns and what to expect at your visit

CEREC crowns use the latest technology to mold a dental restoration within minutes, rather than weeks like traditional crowns. While traditional crowns have been an effective treatment method for many years, CEREC is a quicker, more convenient choice for placing a crown.

A typical appointment for a CEREC one day crown lasts between one and a half to two hours. First, the dentist will prep your teeth for the procedure, which involves removing the damaged part of your tooth. Then, the dentist will take a 3D digital impression of the tooth that has been prepped, which is a painless process that ensures a precise image is formed of your tooth. CEREC technology is then used to create the crown in the office while you wait, which typically takes under 30 minutes. The color of the crown is matched to your other teeth to ensure it looks as natural as possible. Finally, the dentist will then place the crown on your prepped tooth.
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Benefits of CEREC crowns over traditional crowns include:
  • Fitting and application are done in one day: Traditional crowns require two appointments or more and involve the placement and removal of temporary crowns and waiting for a few weeks between appointments while the crown is created from the dental impression. CEREC crown molds are milled from a block of porcelain within 30 minutes and can then be placed in your mouth on the same day.
  • No need to take impressions using messy substances: Instead of using alginate, an elastic material that is traditionally used to take dental impressions, CEREC impressions are taken using 3D imaging technology. This means no gagging or sitting uncomfortably with trays in your mouth while the impressions are taken.
  • The 3D image creates the perfect custom fit for your mouth: Traditional impressions used to create crowns can have imperfections that cause a less than ideal fit for the final crown. With digital imaging, the crown is created precisely for your mouth to ensure a flawless fit.
  • The crown material is durable and natural: CEREC crowns are made using porcelain that not only looks like a real tooth but also feels like one. On average, CEREC crowns last 10-15 years but can last even longer if they are taken care of properly.

Candidates for CEREC crowns

Dentist scanning the teeth of patient with a CEREC scanner
Most people who require a dental crown to treat damaged or decayed teeth can be good candidates for a CEREC crown. However, if you need a root canal, your dentist may recommend that you are fitted with a traditional crown so that he or she can monitor the infection of the tooth over time. Your dentist will examine your teeth and discuss your particular needs with you to determine whether a CEREC crown is a good treatment option for you.

Caring for your crown at home

The optimal care for your CEREC crown is the same as the home care that is needed for the health of your natural teeth. This care involves brushing after every meal or at least twice a day, flossing or using an interdental cleaner at least one time a day, and visiting your dentist twice every year for professional cleanings and oral health checks. A healthy diet that limits starchy and sweet foods will help prolong your crown’s life and promote the health of your natural teeth as well.

Dr. Christopher Lim and his associates at Hillside Dental in Las Vegas, NV are here to discuss your tooth restoration options, answer your questions, and ensure that you receive the right treatment for your needs. Dr. Lim is ethical and professional and is committed to providing the highest quality of care to his patients while using the latest technology. Call Hillside Dental at 702-666-8584 for a consultation today!