Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry is pleased to offer “futuristic” same day dentistry thanks to our own in-house CEREC technology.
Few people are born with truly perfect smiles. Even the select few with perfect teeth have trouble maintaining them over the years. The rest of us rely upon dental science to provide us with the kind of smile that can light up a room. Crowns, also referred to as “caps,” dramatically restore a tooth’s shape, alignment, strength, and overall appearance.
CEREC crown dentist on Long Island
Rocky Point, Long Island cosmetic dentists Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick use crowns to replace large fillings, protect weak teeth from fracturing, cover poorly shaped teeth or root canals, attach a bridge to reduce gaps, or cover dental implants. Proven by hundreds of clinical studies and used by thousands of dentists, CEREC crowns have been the top choice in dental restoration methods for the last few decades.
What is a CEREC machine?
CEREC stands for “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.” Dental crowns can be made from metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, porcelain, or ceramic – which will dictate how long you wait, whether you will need a temporary fix, and the cost. CEREC crowns are made of a solid block or ceramic or resin that can be made right in our office without delay. It is made from a single block of material so it is tougher than porcelain. Materials are metal-free, so they are ideal for people concerned with the health implications of metal or simply have allergies. Crowns closely match the natural tooth structure and feel, and they are sensitive to extreme temperatures.
The CEREC machine is a hybrid of an imaging machine and 3D printer that makes personalized dental crowns in about 20 minutes.
Same day dental crowns
Traditionally, patients had to make several appointments for the completion of their dental crowns. During the first visit, patients would have impressions made, then endure the initial procedure and receive a temporary restoration. Weeks later, you would receive another anesthetic injection so that the dentist could remove the temporary and install the permanent crown. By contrast, CEREC crowns are completed in just single visit to our Long Island office.
The process is high-tech, but surprisingly simple. First, Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot examines and prepares the tooth to receive the crown. Then, the dentists take and accurate optical impression using computer technology and design the restoration while you wait. Finally, a 3-D printer shapes a ceramic block into the exact mold we have created for you. This whole process takes about 20 minutes. We fit the restoration into your mouth, polish it up, and bond it to the tooth. And just like that! Done. No need to come back for a second visit.
Long lasting dental crowns
CEREC crowns look and feel like your real teeth, so many patients remark that the results exceed their expectations. In fact, the patient satisfaction rate of CEREC crowns is 98.8%, according to a study published in the International Journal of Computerized Dentistry in 2005. That same study also found that 98% of the 617 veneers studied were “clinically acceptable” after nine years. Two other studies conducted in 2002 and 2008 found that the success rate dipped slightly to 90.4% after 10 years and 88.7% after 17 years. Even though some fracturing did occur in the long run, researchers concluded that, compared to other products on the market, CEREC crowns had “a very respectable clinical outcome.”
Cost of CEREC crowns
Having our own machine onsite helps keep our CEREC crown costs down for our patients. Many of our competitors must forge partnerships or contract the service out to a manufacturer. But at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, we pass our own savings directly to our patients. Not only do our patients enjoy the value of their lower cost dental crowns, they also enjoy the considerable amount of time they save in what could have been a multi-step process.
Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick offer several affordable payment options for patients in our Suffolk County office. Please contact us a free consultation, so we can review our costs, your insurance coverage, and financing options regarding all of our cosmetic and general dentistry services.
Benefits of CEREC dental crown procedure
The benefits of this technology are many.
Advantages of CEREC crowns:
- You get your new teeth TODAY – just one visit, in as little as two hours!
- No uncomfortable plastic temporary crowns that may discolor or fall off
- Digital mapping alleviates the messy goop and discomfort of traditional impressions.
- CEREC crowns are available in 17 different shades, so they are sure to match your existing teeth.
- The material is high-quality ceramic, which has the same characteristics and smoothness as tooth enamel.
- Any remaining healthy tooth is bolstered in strength by CEREC dental work.
- CEREC restoration is less likely to crack than other types.
- The crowns are designed to expand and contract naturally, so you won’t feel pain from hot or cold.
- The fit is great and the results are not only satisfying, but long-lasting too.
Same day crowns in Long Island, New York
We know that you have many choices for dental care in Nassau and Suffolk County. That is why we strive to exceed our patients’ expectations with consistent results and a friendly, reassuring manner.
Call Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry at (631) 744-5700 or email us to schedule your personal consultation. We look forward to making your smile happy!