Exam and Preparation
The Core Smiles doctors will examine your tooth and determine the appropriate type of ceramic to be used to restore your tooth to proper function. A local anesthetic is administered and your tooth is prepared for a restoration, removing decayed and weakened tooth structure.
Digital Optical Impression
A digital impression of the prepared tooth is made. Instead of filling a tray with impression "goop" that you must hold in your mouth for several minutes until it hardens, the Core Smiles doctors will use a special, high-definition camera to take a digital image of your tooth. This digital optical impression process only takes a minute or two.
The digital picture is converted into a 3-dimensional virtual model on the computer screen and the Core Smiles doctors will design your CEREC crown chairside.
The computer-designed tooth is then sent to a CEREC milling unit located within the office. A ceramic block that matches your tooth shade is placed in the milling unit and within 15 minutes, your CEREC crown is finished and ready to bond in place. The CEREC crown is tried in to ensure proper fit and to make sure your bite is correct. The ceramic is polished and bonded (cemented with adhesive resin) to your tooth. All of this is done in a single appointment--no temporary, no 2nd visit and in less than 2 hours!