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.