Single Visit Dentistry
There is a lot of talk in the media about "Crowns in a day." This term can be a little misleading - it usually takes somewhere in the neighborhood of 2 to 2 hours from start to completion therefore I prefer the phrase "Single Visit Dentistry." I have a jar sitting at the front desk when you first walk into my office full of purple blocks. About 15 times a day I hear patients asking my staff "What in the world are those?" The ladies will give them then rundown, "Those are CEREC crown blocks, Dr. Mike makes crowns for patients in one visit." More often than not, patients are incredibly excited to learn that their teeth can be restored with single visit dentistry using CEREC technology.
My new toy, at least it was new two years ago, has made such a profound change in the way I do dentistry. Not only that, but it really captures the trend of where dentistry is going. Let me explain...our CEREC machine and software allows us the flexibility to create a customized crown for our patients during a single visit. For the patient, in most cases, there are no temporaries to be made/worn, there are not multiple visits - everything is competed in a few short hours. The benefit for me is personally being able to shape the crown while the patient is in the chair to fit - dare I say perfectly.
The software we use for this procedure is revolutionary. Once I have prepared your tooth for the crown, we digitally scan your tooth. Once the scan is uploaded to the computer, we can manipulate the size, shape, and contours of the crown. This allows for a true custom fit every time. From there your crown is milled in office right before your very eyes. We stain and glaze the crown allowing us to find YOUR shade, sinter (think pottery kiln) the crown and viola, you are done!