For many patients who require tooth restoration, the prospect of returning again and again to the dentist for fitting appointments while wearing a temporary crown is unappealing. If this describes you or a loved one, schedule an appointment with AZ Family Dental and find out how our CAD/CAM dentistry services fit patients in the Glendale, AZ area with same day dental crowns.
CAD/CAM Dentistry and Same Day Crowns
Due to recent advances in technology, dentists who once relied on effective but slow lab-based construction practices can now leverage the power of computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing, known in the dental field as CAD/CAM. Although the CAD/CAM technologies can apply to a diverse range of industries, at AZ Family Dental this applies specifically to the design and construction of same day crowns.
During the same day crown process, the dentist takes a photo of the affected tooth and sends it to a proprietary software program called CEREC. CEREC, also known as Ceramic Reconstruction, uses the saved 3D image to design and build a permanent porcelain crown. The crown milling process occurs on-site and takes only a few minutes instead of the two weeks usually required by an off-site laboratory.
Once the mill completes the crown, the dentist then fits and applies the CEREC crown directly to the tooth using dental cement. For many patients, the entire visit lasts about an hour and a half.
How CAD/CAM Works
During the CAD portion of the patient’s visit, the computer analyzes the affected tooth and surrounding teeth and designs an appropriately sized and shaped crown, under the direction of the dentist. Once the dentist is satisfied with the design, he sends the three-dimensional image to a special milling machine that sculpts an exact model of the crown. The mill constructs the crown through the use of CAM.
There are a variety of advantages to CEREC. First, because a computer program designs and constructs the crown, greater accuracy is assured. Time-consuming molds, designed by humans and created in an off-site lab, are no longer necessary. The need to wear a temporary crown is eliminated, because the permanent CEREC crown is created, crafted and fitted in just one visit, thus saving time and stress.
Schedule an Appointment at AZ Family Dental
AZ Family Dental has provided the Glendale, Peoria, and Greater Phoenix region with high quality, fair value family, cosmetic, and dental implant services for more than four decades. We pride ourselves on our friendly, knowledgeable staff as well as our five-year guarantee on all crowns, veneers, and bridges. Schedule an appointment with AZ Family Dental and find out why we are a premier choice of dental patients in the Greater Phoenix region!