CEREC in Lafayette
If you’ve ever had a chipped or broken tooth, a damaged filling, or a root canal, you know that waiting for a custom crown can be a painful process. But with CEREC technology, there is no waiting.
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CERamic REConstruction. However you prefer to say it, CEREC is a state-of-the-art system used to create custom crowns right in the office, so you can have your new crown placed in just one day. With the CEREC system, cosmetic and restorative dentistry has never been easier or more efficient. And at LIFE Dentistry, we love being able to provide patients with a new crown in a single appointment.
What to Expect
The process starts with a pleasant greeting from our lovely receptionist at the LIFE Dentistry office. Once comfortably in the dental chair, Dr. Martin will take a digital scan of your teeth and mouth. This modern, 3D imaging technology eliminates the need for messy impressions because it works in conjunction with our CEREC machine. Through this advanced technology, the 3D scan is converted to a model which will become your new ceramic crown.
- No more dental impressions – Instead of using traditional dental impressions that require you to place a messy putty in your mouth, CEREC uses a 3D scanner. This means that you won’t have to deal with the often uncomfortable process of dental impressions.
- Same-day treatment – CEREC crowns can be manufactured by Dr. Martin in just a few minutes once your teeth have been scanned. The process is fast, easy and convenient for patients and gives you more time to do the things you love.
- No temporary crowns required – Traditional crowns must be made in a lab, which can take up to 2-3 weeks. While you wait, you’ll need to wear a temporary crown to protect your tooth, which can be quite uncomfortable. With CEREC, this is no longer necessary!
- Preserve more of your natural tooth – CEREC gives Dr. Martin greater precision when sculpting your crown and removing enamel from your natural tooth. In turn, this ensures that more of your natural tooth is preserved.
CEREC same-day crowns are by far the most popular treatment that the technology is used for. However, CEREC can be used for much more than just dental crowns. Some types of CEREC blocks can be used to make partial crowns, inlays and onlays, and veneers. Using CEREC, these procedures can be completed in just a single appointment, giving patients the option to restore and improve their smiles quickly, without waiting for multiple appointments or lab-made restorations.
The CEREC Treatment Process
CEREC treatment is fast, simple, and minimally-invasive. First, your mouth will be cleaned and numbed, and a small amount of enamel will be removed from your tooth to prepare it for crown placement. Using a special 3D scanner, images will be taken of your mouth and uploaded to our in-office CEREC machine. Dr. Martin will then create a customized dental crown, which will be milled by the machine in just a few minutes. After this, he will check the crown to make sure that it fits properly, and make minor adjustments if necessary. Then, he will cement the crown into place permanently. You’ll leave our office with a refreshed smile in just 1-2 hours!
Crowns are used to treat a number of dental issues, so if you suspect you may need one, it’s best to contact Dr. James Martin at LIFE Dentistry for his expert opinion. Dr. Martin is CEREC-certified and an expert in creating custom crowns for restorative and cosmetic dentistry.
Give us a call to make an appointment today, and let us see you smile!
We work around your schedule to provide comprehensive and convenient care in a friendly, laid-back environment. Whether you’re looking to schedule a 6-month checkup, upgrade your grin with a smile makeover, or just need a whitening treatment for a quick confidence-boost, we’re here to walk you through every step with the gentle guidance you deserve. Get excited for your next appointment!