It can be difficult to find time to visit the dentist, but failing to keep up with regular check-ups can increase the risk of dental emergencies, such as that sickening crunch when you bite into something hard or particularly chewy. You can guarantee that this will happen just before you are due to go on holiday, or right before a long awaited event. You experience that sinking feeling as you realise you will be stuck with a temporary crown or filling while your real crown is being made for you, something that can take two weeks or even longer to complete. But we may be able to help, as Leeds City Dentalcare has its very own CEREC machine right on the premises.
This amazing piece of technology can create beautiful precision fitting crowns, inlays and onlays in just one easy visit to our Leeds surgery. We could be able to mend your tooth, and will have you on your way before you know it. So what is CEREC? A CEREC restoration is milled from a single block of porcelain that has been closely matched to your natural tooth shade. These blocks come in a huge variety of shades, and some are even more translucent than others (if you look at your teeth and compare them to another person’s you will see that the tips of the teeth can often appear to be more translucent, or transparent in some people compared to others).
The process is very straightforward. Dr David Brown will prepare your tooth in exactly the same way as he would for a normal crown or other restoration. From then on things are a little different. You would normally have to have an impression taken of your prepared tooth, and the impression would then be sent off to the dental laboratory. With a CEREC crown your dentist in Leeds will scan your tooth using a miniature infra-red camera, so there is no need to endure the feel of an impression tray in your mouth. The information collected by the camera is used to create a 3-D image of your restoration, and once your dentist is happy with the design it is transmitted to the milling machine. This machine is very quick and accurate, so your new crown will be made within a very short period. The final step is to finish and characterise the crown so it looks exactly like your natural tooth.
We find our patients really love these restorations, as there is no need for temporaries, and no need for a second appointment. We like them because they are very good for teeth, as the minimum amount of tooth material needs to be removed in preparation for a CEREC crown. The material also behaves in a way that is quite similar to natural teeth, but is extremely strong and hardwearing.
Do we recommend CEREC crowns over conventional crowns? Not always, as sometimes there are certain situations when your crown is best made by a human rather than a machine; our technicians have years of experience in creating beautiful custom crowns that can give you a smile as individual as your personality. However they are excellent when you really need a gorgeous new tooth in a hurry.