Many dentists will give you temporary dental crowns or fillings and then have you come back weeks later to install your permanent tooth crown. But thanks to the modern technology located on-site at our Philadelphia dental office and over 25 years of experience, Dr. Siegel can complete most dental crowns in a single visit.
Now when you come in and need a dental crown, an inlay or even porcelain veneers, you can walk out with your new teeth in the same visit thanks to CEREC (CEramic REConstruction) technology!
Using CEREC, Dr. Siegel creates custom CEREC dental crowns, inlays, onlays, bridges and veneers in our offices while you wait. The CEREC restorations are lifelike and custom-made to match the natural color of your teeth. Dr. Siegel has vast experience creating one-visit dental crowns and has many of satisfied patients.
How Are Dental Crowns Created In One Visit?
First, Dr. Siegel takes a 3-dimensional photo of your tooth. Then our computer system analyzes your mouth structure to determine the best shape and dimensions for your new tooth crown, veneer or filling.
CEREC restorations are milled from a single block of high-quality ceramic, a substance that has the same characteristics as normal, healthy dental enamel. The milling process takes 4 to 6 minutes depending on the size of the replacement tooth.
Once the restoration is created, Dr. Siegel bonds the final restoration in place and you leave the office with a beautiful, permanent tooth crown.
Are CEREC Tooth Crowns Durable?
Yes, in fact, the material of your new tooth crown is even stronger than your natural teeth. CEREC ceramic expands in the same way as teeth do, and also because it comes from a single block, a CEREC restoration is less prone to cracks and flaws than other types of restorations. And with the new porcelain that is used, the CEREC tooth crowns are even stronger than metal crowns.
Beautiful, Natural-Looking Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are highly durable, very attractive ceramic restorations that can be used as a filling, and are often recommended to replace a large metal amalgam filling.
Ceramic restorations have always been favored for their appearance. They can be precisely matched to the color of your natural teeth, and have the same luster and translucence as tooth enamel. And now advanced ceramic materials have the strength necessary to stand the biting forces in your mouth, even those at the back of your mouth.
In fact, ceramic inlays and onlays are the only filling material that can restore significant strength to teeth that have been heavily damaged by decay. Short of a full crown, these are the best way to keep your natural teeth protected. Clinical tests have shown that CEREC restorations are as long-lived as more traditionally-prepared ceramic restorations. In his experience, Dr. Siegel has seen many CEREC restorations retain their fit, function, and attractive appearance year after year, and he strongly recommends them.