CEREC Crowns Specialist

Pemberton Dental Associates

General Dentistry located in Lawrence, MA

Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC®) crowns take just one day to get and last for at least a decade. At Pemberton Dental Associates in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Frank Varinos, DMD, offers CEREC crowns for weak, broken, or missing teeth. These crowns look almost identical to your original natural teeth. If you’d like to learn more about CEREC crowns, book an appointment over the phone or online at Pemberton Dental Associates today.

CEREC crowns Q&A

What are CEREC crowns?

CEREC crowns are made through Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, a system that allows your dentist to design and attach crowns on the same day. Traditional crowns require a waiting period of as long as two weeks after your dentist takes the impressions, then you come in for the placement at a second visit. 

Pemberton Dental Associates uses computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to make CEREC crowns that fit perfectly and look natural once they’re in place. Using computer software, your dentist measures and makes impressions of the tooth that needs treatment. They use these impressions to design the crown. 

CEREC crowns are a very strong ceramic material that your dentist matches to the natural color of your remaining teeth. These crowns can go over damaged or weak teeth, or they can attach to dental implants. 

What is the procedure for getting CEREC crowns?

If you’re getting a CEREC crown at Pemberton Dental Associates, knowing the steps of the procedure beforehand can increase your confidence about your upcoming appointment. 

When you first arrive, your dentist numbs the area around the tooth that needs a crown. Then, they prepare that tooth by shaving down some of its outer layer of enamel. They then take digital impressions of the tooth to use in computer-aided design and manufacturing.

After using computer software and digital impressions to design your crown, your dentist uses specialized equipment to mill a crown for your tooth out of a block of ceramic with high precision. The CEREC system performs all of these tasks.

Once the crown is ready, they check its fit and make any final adjustments before bonding it to the tooth with cement. 

How long do CEREC crowns last?

CEREC crowns last for a very long time. Thanks to the cement that bonds them in place, you shouldn’t have any problems with losing the crown unless you bite down hard on a solid object or injure your mouth. 

As long as you care for your crown well, it should last for 10-15 years before you need to consider getting a replacement. To get the most out of a CEREC crown, Pemberton Dental Associates suggests coming in for regular cleanings and exams. Your dentist can also give you directions for your home oral hygiene routine. 

CEREC crowns can save you time and restore a full smile. If you’re interested in getting one or more for damaged or missing teeth, call Pemberton Dental Associates, or book an appointment online today.