Number of Visits: 2 - 3 visits
Completion Time: 1 week
Recovery Period: None
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are used to cover poorly shaped or discolored tooth, replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth structure to do a composite filling, restore a fractured tooth or protect a weak tooth from fracturing.
The crowns at our practice are made without metal and we usually use zirconium and tooth color ceramic.
A dentist may recommend a bridge if you have one or more missing teeth. A bridge will replace the missing teeth, preventing the surrounding teeth from shifting or rotating into the empty spaces. In order to fix the bridge in, the surrounding teeth are prepped for the bridge cementation.
Before the crown or bridge are made, the tooth is prepped by reducing it in size in order for the crown or bridge to fit over the tooth properly. After the prep, a scan or an impression is taken of the tooth to make the crown or bridge to the exact size. At our Smith and Jain practice in Central, we are able to make same-day crowns using our technology to scan the prepped tooth and fabricate the crown using the 3D image generated from the scan.
First, your specialist will work with you to determine the appropriate treatment. He will then prepare the tooth for the restoration by removing decay and damaged material which will also creates a room for the restoration. Then, dentist takes an optical impression of the prepared tooth.
Thanks to CEREC scanner, this procedure can be done very efficiently using computer scanner. The images can then be made into 3D virtual models using the CEREC® software on the computer screen.
The 3D image can be converted into a real-life, natural-looking, tooth-colored ceramic restoration in the CEREC® milling station.
Finally, dentist fits the restoration into your mouth properly, securely and with perfect bite using a special bonding dental cement.
Traditional crowns vs CEREC
Dental crowns are essentially “caps” that fit snugly over damaged or misshapen teeth.
Traditionally, the two biggest challenges with this scenario come down to “Time and Convenience”. Historically, a dental crown required at least two office visits. The initial appointment typically included prepping the damaged tooth, taking dental impressions, and creating a temporary crown to protect your tooth for several weeks.
Impressions were then sent to an off-site lab, to manufacture the final crown and returned to the office. This typically took about 2 to 3 weeks. During your second visit, the crown was fitted, polished, and cemented in place.
The CEREC method provides all the benefits 3 of a traditional crown but eliminates the three-week wait time.
Instead of sending an impression to a lab, CEREC dentist manufacture your permanent crowns in his own office during your same initial visit and there is no need to wear a temporary restoration because you get final crowns within few hours on same visit.
Moreover, the traditional process for dental procedures, involves taking an impression of the teeth. The best part of CEREC technology is that it does not need impressions in your mouth, which makes treatment most comfortable able with literally no pharyngeal reflex.
Instead of inserting bulky impression trays into your mouth, a digital scanner does 3-D mapping of your teeth and transfers it to computer.
Will my crown look and feel like my normal teeth?
CEREC crowns are completely made from a ceramic material that mimics both the color and light-reflecting properties of real tooth enamel. The average person cannot tell the difference between CEREC and a natural tooth, so there will be no need to hesitate when it comes to showing off your smile. There will be no black margins as seen in traditional crowns.
CEREC in Hong Kong
No matter how much you love your dentist and your smile, the multiple office visits and several weeks of waiting while a traditional dental crown is manufactured at an off-site lab can get frustrating, especially for patients who are busy with work and school.
That’s why we love high-quality, custom crafted CEREC, the same-day crowns and veneers. Made from some of the best, natural-looking, metal-free materials, these restorations seamlessly incorporate into the rest of your smile. With a virtually indistinguishable appearance and added durability, CEREC crowns protect and restore the integrity of your natural tooth structure so you can eat, speak, and laugh with confidence.
Of course, there are better things than getting a new crown, but with CEREC from Sirona
, the way to dental prosthesis is now far more pleasant than ever. Although not new, yet became popular just recently, the CEREC method uses innovative digital technology to eliminate the need for messy impressions (mould) and the long wait times you must endure with traditional crowns. One visit and you are on your way with a strong, functional, natural-appearing crown/veneer that helps perfect your smile and brighten your day.
What does CEREC mean?
CEREC is an acronym for “Ceramic Reconstruction” and is one of the most exciting technologies in dentistry. It is an abbreviation for:
Chairside – a technology that can be done while you are in the chair.
Economical – restorations made right in the office.
Restorations – giving teeth natural beauty, function and strength.
Aesthetic – metal-free and natural tooth-colored restorations.
Ceramic – high-quality ceramics close in composition to natural tooth structure. CEREC technique developed and manufactured in Germany is a unique CAD-CAM system (Computer Assisted Design and Computer Assisted Milling)most used worldwide, creating aesthetic metal free restorations, without the need of impressions or temporaries and in only one appointment.
Why Choose Same Day Dentistry Hong Kong?
Beautiful restorations that look and feel natural.
is an exceptionally reliable, state-of-the-art computerised technology used to create tooth restorations in a single visit. With CEREC , dentist can design your restoration that looks incredibly beautiful and feels more natural. There are no Black margin as with traditional crowns.
Your restoration in just one appointment.
With CEREC®, your dentist can produce your restoration right in the office in less than 1 hour. There is no need to make any unpleasant impressions or wear artificial-looking temporary products while your permanent restoration is created.
The process is digital.
The CEREC® process relies on digital imaging and programmed designing to accurately determine the specifications of the restoration that fits best to your smile rather than on manual fabrication.
Restorations are made from the highest quality porcelain.
The strength that comes from milling restorations, from a single block of ceramic porcelain makes it durable and resistant to cracks when chewing and biting. The ceramic material is anti-abrasive, plaque-resistant and with practically no dark edges visible.
Recovery time is faster.
Restoring a tooth immediately after an invasive treatment means there is less irritation, the tooth structure is maintained and there is less chance of infection and sensitivity.
One anaesthetic only
CEREC is an optimum solution, particularly for anxious patients. Since the final restoration is produced in a single visit, the patient only needs one anaesthetic injection.
No temporary prosthesis
Temporary prostheses are exactly what the name suggests: temporary. With CEREC the final prosthesis is inserted directly without any temporary compromises needed.
Long-lasting dental prostheses
Dentists and patients alike want their restorations to last a longtime. CEREC meets these requirements: Today, CEREC® has been used to place more than 35 million restorations worldwide. Thanks to CEREC, your smile will be just as lovely, many years6 later as, it is directly after receiving the prosthesis.
The transparent process of a chair side restoration is ideal for a consultation: patients can easily visualise the treatment recommendation and the treatment process on the monitor while the restoration is being designed with the CEREC software.