Same Day Dentistry
At Confidental In Sandhurst, We Now Offer Same Day Crowns!
Using our scanner technology to create new restorations for you in just a matter of hours, with no moulds or impressions!
A CEREC crown is a crown that’s made here on site in one go, as opposed to the traditional way of us taking impressions and moulds of your teeth, and sending them off, and having the crown refitted in a couple of weeks’ time.
CEREC uses a small camera and takes a picture of the tooth in question and on site we’re able to make the crown for you. It means that you’re not left with a temporary crown. Instead you are left with your final tooth that is done, printed and fitted in the same day. Better yet it means no impressions either.
how can CEREC produce a tooth for you in the space of an hour and a half?
There’s two basic reasons for needing a crown. First, if the tooth is heavy, broken down, or fractured. You need to put something over the tooth to protect it, in the same way that a hat protects the head. So, a cap is a hat for a tooth. The second reason is that the tooth has had root canal treatment, or any other invasive work done whereby the tooth needs extra protection.
We use the CEREC camera to very carefully go over the teeth. It takes lots of pictures and adding all the pictures up which takes about 15 second. The images are built up so that we can see the tooth in question.
The next step is to position the tooth in relation to the jaw. We mark out the edges and work out the angles. Then, the next thing is the computer works out what the final tooth will look like.
Creating natural looking crowns
The next thing is to select a colour of your teeth. We use very hard pressed pure ceramic blocks. There’s no metal in them at all. Our printer will cut into this block, making the tooth.
Having chosen our colour of tooth, we’re use the printer to make our crown. We place the block in the printer and press print. Once we’ve tested to see the fitting is correct we put it in an oven. The oven hardens and glazes it making it nice, shiny and smooth.
All this in under 2 hours!
An hour and a half appointment is generally how long it takes to make your crown. During which time only half an hour is spent with you in the chair. The remaining hour is spent in the waiting room having a nice tea or coffee whilst we make your crown.