CEREC Dental Crowns in St. Paul, MN
At the office of Nick Schulte, DDS, one of our goals is to make your life simpler. We do this in a number of ways, from our convenient office hours to our easy scheduling options.
Another way we simplify your life is by offering CEREC technology. The CEREC system allows us to make dental crowns and other restorations right here in our office. In most cases, you will be able to get your restoration in a single office visit.
This is a huge advantage over how crowns used to be made. With CEREC, we can practically eliminate the need for messy impressions, temporary restorations, and return visits for the same procedure.
What Is CEREC?
CEREC stands for “chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics.” (It can also be an abbreviation for CEramic REConstruction.) Either way, it means that we craft customized, attractive ceramic restorations right here in the office.
If you’ve had dental work done in the past, you’ve probably experienced gooey impressions. When we create restorations using CEREC, we don’t need to take this type of impression anymore. Instead, we take digital “impressions,” using a special type of digital camera. These pictures are then used to form a virtual model using CEREC’s special software. At this stage, we can make any necessary alterations so that the crown will blend in well with your other teeth and properly complete your chewing surface.
Once Dr. Schulte is happy with the design of the tooth, the information will be sent to the milling machine, which creates your tooth out of a single block of porcelain.
People often ask why porcelain is used in restorations since we tend to association porcelain with fragile dolls and plates. The porcelain used to create dental restorations is actually quite durable, and it shares many qualities with your own natural enamel. This means that the restorations we create from porcelain will look lifelike. Our goal is for nobody to ever notice your dentistry – just your beautiful smile.
Why Do I Need a Dental Crown?
We use crowns to resolve a number of common dental concerns. Crowns are often used to protect a tooth that has been damaged, build up a tooth that has been eroded, or to conceal a tooth that is unusually shaped or severely discolored. We also use crowns as part of dental implant systems to replace teeth that are completely missing. Crowns are one of the most versatile dental restorations available. Having the technology available to craft dental crowns in-house gives us more flexibility to treat you promptly and comfortably.
Call to Schedule Your Evaluation in St. Paul, MN
Could you benefit from a crown? If you have a tooth that doesn’t look good or is causing you discomfort, please don’t wait another minute. Call our St. Paul dental office today to schedule your next appointment.