CEREC Crowns in Washington, DC
If you have a tooth that is severely damaged because of extensive decay or traumatic injury, then Dr. Yelena Obholz may recommend a dental crown to protect and preserve the tooth. Traditionally, placing a crown requires two appointments: one to prepare the tooth, form impressions of the tooth and place a temporary crown, and another appointment to bond the permanent crown over the damaged tooth. With CEREC, however, Dr. Obholz and her staff at Aesthetic & Family Dentistry of Washington can complete the entire crown process in the course of only one appointment.
CEREC is an in-office tooth restoration system that includes a digital infrared camera, 3D CAD (computer aided design) software and a milling machine. With these three components, we can manufacture a same day crown that will safeguard your tooth, restore your healthy smile and save you time.
The CEREC Crown Procedure
To receive your CEREC crown, we will first need to anesthetize the affected tooth and surrounding gum tissue. Once you’re comfortable, we’ll use CEREC’s digital device to create a virtual image of your tooth. This image ensures that your new same day crown fits seamlessly alongside adjacent teeth and against the tooth that is above or below.
In addition, we will need to reduce the size of your tooth, so that the crown snuggly surrounds it. Once this step is completed, another digital image is taken. Together with the image taken previously, this is wirelessly transferred to the CEREC computer system, which creates a virtual model of your tooth. This model not only incorporates the size and shape of the crown, but the color as well—your tooth restoration will exactly match the color of your other teeth.
The final step in the CEREC process happens in the milling unit right in our office. Based on the virtual design, the mill fabricates your crown in about 15 to 20 minutes. After this, the crown can be stained, glazed or polished for an even more lifelike finish.
Before adhesively bonding the crown to your tooth, Dr. Obholz will double-check the fit and finish. If she is completely satisfied, then she will cement the tooth into place and you’ll leave our Washington D.C. dental office with a same day crown and a healthier smile.
Dr. Obholz and her team of dental hygienists and dental assistants want to help you achieve your ideal smile! Contact Aesthetic & Family Dentistry of Washington today if you have any questions about CEREC crowns or any of our other restorative services. We’re located in Washington, DC, and our practice is convenient for patients who work or live in the nearby areas of Tenley Circle, Embassy Row, American University, and Georgetown.