Crowns or "caps" are a restorative option for teeth that have either large fillings, have fractured due to decay or trauma, or have been root canal treated. They are cemented over these problem teeth, restoring the tooth's ideal appearance and function. Typically, crowns come in a variety of materials, including gold or porcelain fused to metal combinations and require two office visits with a temporary crown between visits. The dental experts at Sensenbrenner Family Dental can deliver all porcelain crowns in a single office visit using revolutionary CEREC, the latest in all-porcelain crown technology. The CEREC machine utilizes CAD CAM technology to make a 3-D image of your tooth and create ceramic restorations.
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Let's face it - very few of us have perfect teeth that are free of decay and fillings. You can probably see a filling or two in your own mouth, which do just that -- "fill" a cavity in your tooth left from the excavation of decayed tooth structure. In many cases, those fillings are made of metal material and can go bad, weaken the tooth, or get additional decay under or around it. CEREC is a method used by thousands of dentists worldwide since 1987 not only to replace these fillings, but also to restore any tooth that is decayed, weakened, broken, etc. to its natural strength and beauty. Better yet, it's done with all-ceramic materials that are tooth colored in a single appointment! So, how does the CEREC procedure work?
Exam and Preparation
First, either of our Champaign CEREC dentists, Dr. Ken Sensenbrenner or Dr. Will Sensenbrenner examines the tooth and determines the appropriate treatment. It could be a simple filling, or a full crown, depending on how much healthy tooth structure is remaining and the clinical judgment of Dr. Sensenbrenner. Next, he administers an anesthetic and prepares your tooth for the restoration, removing decayed and weakened tooth tissue. This preparation is just like he would do for many other restoratihniques.
Then, Dr. Sensenbrenner takes an optical impression of the prepared tooth. Instead of filling a tray with impression "goop" that you must bite into and hold in your mouth until it hardens, Dr. Sensenbrenner coats the tooth with a non-toxic, tasteless powder. A camera is then used to take a digital CAD CAM picture of your tooth. This whole optical impression process only takes a minute or two.
Next, the CEREC machine helps Dr. Sensenbrenner create the restoration for your tooth. The CEREC 3D software takes the digital CAD CAM picture and converts it into a 3-dimensional virtual model on the computer screen. Sensenbrenner then uses his dental expertise to design the restoration using the CEREC 3D computer program. Within a few minutes the restoration design data is sent to a separate milling machine in the Champaign, IL office. A ceramic block that matches your tooth shade is placed in the milling machine. About 10 - 20 minutes later, your all-ceramic, tooth-colored restoration is finished and ready to bond in place. Finally, the restoration is placed in your mouth to ensure proper fit and bite. The restoration is then polished and bonded to the prepared tooth. Your tooth is restored with no "temporary" or return trip necessary. All of this is done in a single appointment!
There are also multiple other technologies used in our Champaign laser dentistry office to make your experience pleasurable and effective. The diode soft tissue laser is an excellent periodontal tool for treatment of gingivitis and gum disease. It can be used for biopsies, gingivectomies, gingivoplasty, and frenectomy. This laser is more comfortable and effective than traditional techniques.
We also use digital x-rays and chairside monitors. Digital x-rays are instant and cause less radiation exposure than traditional x-rays, which makes them much safer. On top of creating less radiation, we use an extra collar shield to further minimize radiation exposure for maximum safety. Chairside monitors show a video feed from our introral cameras so that you can see what the dentist is doing in your mouth while it’s happening. We also use this technology as documentation for insurance companies to help our patients get the coverage that they need.
A bridge is multiple crowns all fused together used to replace missing teeth by attaching to the adjacent anchor teeth on either side of the space. Bridges can help restore the appearance and function of missing teeth.
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