At J.D. Murray D.D.S. & Associates, we are proud to offer cutting-edge CEREC® technology. CEREC® allows Dr. Joseph D. Murray to create convenient, durable same-day crowns here at our Atlanta, GA, office. This computerized system uses 3-D technology, advanced software, and an integrated milling unit to fabricate high-quality dental crowns while you wait. You do not have to bite down on messy impression material, and you do not have to come back for a second appointment or wear a temporary restoration. If you would like to learn more, please contact our friendly staff today.
Candidates for Dental Crowns
A dental crown is a custom cap that fully covers a damaged tooth to provide strength and protection. They are used as a vital component of restorative treatments such as root canals. Crowns are also used as a cosmetic restoration to improve the appearance of misshapen and discolored teeth. Most patients who are candidates for conventional, lab-fabricated dental crowns are also candidates for same-day crowns.
Receiving a Same-day Crown
Receiving a same-day dental crown can restore the full function and aesthetics of your smile in one appointment. First, we will numb the treatment area to ensure your comfort during the procedure. Next, Dr. Murray will remove a layer of enamel from your tooth to create a stable base for your restoration and ensure it will be in proper alignment with surrounding teeth. Dr. Murray will then use the CEREC® CAD/CAM (computer-aided design or computer-aided manufacturing) technology to take highly detailed digital scans of your tooth.
The scans will be uploaded to a chair-side computer, and Dr. Murray will design your restoration based on your exact measurements. He will show you every step of the process and ensure that you understand the details of your procedure. The digital blueprint for your restoration is then sent an in-office milling unit, which carves your restoration from a solid piece of porcelain. This fabrication process takes about an hour or less. When your crown is finished, Dr. Murray will place it on the tooth, check the fit, and then cement it in place.
CEREC® technology allows for more precise scans and restorations, requiring less tooth preparation and allowing more of your natural tooth structure to be preserved.
Benefits of Using CEREC® Technology
CEREC® technology provides a fast, convenient process to create a dental crown. Because the milling unit is able to create your restoration in our office in under an hour, you will only require one appointment. This quicker process eliminates the need for temporary crowns and multiple procedures to both attach and remove them. Another benefit is that CEREC® technology allows for more precise scans and restorations, requiring less tooth preparation and allowing more of your natural tooth structure to be preserved. The CEREC® system also uses high-grade dental porcelain in a wide variety of shades, ensuring your crown will be virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your smile.
Schedule an Appointment
To learn more about how our state-of-the-art CEREC® system can make receiving a dental crown more comfortable and convenient, please schedule an appointment.