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How Do Dentists Prepare Teeth for CEREC Crowns?

October 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdentistryindy @ 9:28 pm

Dentist discussing a dental crown with a female patientIf you need a dental crown, it’s normal to have concerns about the road ahead. Although crowns are beneficial, you’ll require a procedure that involves reshaping your tooth. You don’t have to worry about any pain or damage to your tooth. Here’s what you can expect while your dentist preps your tooth for a restoration.

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a popular solution to improve the health, function, and appearance of a tooth. The customized cap is bonded over the entire surface of a tooth above the gum line. All-ceramic materials are used to craft the restoration to look natural. It will blend in when used to:

  • Protect a Weakened Tooth
  • Repair a Chip or Crack
  • Treat a Large Area of Decay
  • Improve the Appearance of a Tooth
  • Protect a Tooth After a Root Canal
  • Support a Traditional Bridge

What to Expect When Getting a Crown

After an initial consultation, you’ll be scheduled for your procedure. Your dentist may administer a local numbing agent to block any pain. While you might feel some pressure or unusual sensations, you won’t have any outright pain.

They’ll perform any necessary treatments, like removing decay or root canal therapy, before reshaping your tooth. They must remove some enamel to allow the crown to fit over it. Your tooth must always be covered by a restoration because your enamel won’t grow back if your crown is removed. 

Upon completing any prep work, your dentist will take a digital impression of your tooth. They’ll use CAD/CAM technology to create the specifics for your restoration. The state-of-the-art technology removes any room for error, unlike the traditional impression method.

The information is sent to an in-office milling machine, not a dental lab. Your crown will be cut from a block of all-ceramic material. In about 1 hour, your crown will be ready to be bonded to your tooth. There’s no need for a temporary crown or a second appointment.

You may have temporary tenderness after the effects of any numbing medications wear off. You can manage it with an OTC pain reliever and eat soft foods. 

Invest in Advanced Technology

Don’t settle for less than the best if you require a dental crown. Choose a dentist with CEREC technology. They explain the entire process from start to finish, so you know exactly what to expect along the way.

About Dr. Corey Martinez

Dr. Martinez achieved his dental degree at the Indiana University School of Dentistry and has continued his training in oral surgery, endodontics, and general dentistry. He holds memberships with various professional organizations, including the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. Request an appointment through his website or call (317) 659-9335.

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