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The following outlines the old way of restoring a tooth with a crown versus the advanced process developed by CEREC. 
Old Dental Crown Process 
Traditional crown preparation
Prepare Tooth
  1. Use Lidocaine for Comfort
  2. Prepare the Tooth for Temporary Crown Placement
Making a tooth impression for a crown
Prepare Restoration
  1. Take a Mold Impression (Gooey & Gags)
  2. Make a Temporary Crown (Typically Uncomfortable and Sensitive)
Place a temporary crown
Place Temporary
  1. Glue in the Temporary
  2. Send Mold to the Lab for Crown Creation
  3. Schedule Appointment for Permanent Crown Placement (2 3 weeks)
Lab makes the perminent crown
Lab Crown Creation
  1. The lab receives the mold.
  2. Using the mold, a perminent crown is created. 
  3. The lab then delivers the perminent crown to the dentist's office.
Second visit - perminent crown
Fitting the Restoration
  1. Use Lidocaine a second time for Comfort
  2. Remove Temporary Crown
  3. Cement in the New Crown
The New CEREC Crown Process

Prepare ToothTraditional tooth crown preparation

  1. Prepare Tooth for Permanent Crown Placement
  2. Reflective powder layer prepares the tooth for imaging.
Prepare the Restoration
  1. An optical 3D image (impression without molds)
    CEREC crown digital imiage
     is acquired with a small scanning camera, directly in your mouth (only takes a few seconds no gagging).
  2. Using Computer Aided Design/ Computer Aided Manufacture (Cad/Cam), the restoration is created on the screen using the image data. 
  3. Dr. Tall (not a lab technician from a mold) can then design the parameters of the filling, how wide, how thick, the shape of the restoration.


CEREC tooth crown being shaped by computerized system

CEREC Crown Creation
  1. Once the parameters are defined, diamond coated instruments linked to the computer, mill a ceramic block to reproduce the design in about 20 minutes.
Fitting the Restoration
  1. After polishing, the new restoration fits precisely. CEREC one-visit crown complete
  2. A unique light hardens the bonding material, uniting porcelain and tooth.
  3. Polishing or glazing ensures a pleasantly smooth and natural feel
  4. The color and appearance make the special ceramic material blend with your tooth.
  5. Perfectly bonded porcelain ensures and extremely long life for your teeth.
One visit crown!
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