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If You Have a Couple of Hours You Can Get a Crown

If you have a tooth that’s damaged, decayed, or worn down, or if you’re about to have a root canal, you’re going to need a crown. 

Not long ago, that meant you’d have to schedule at least two separate dental appointments. The first visit involves a mouthful of gooey impression material, followed by an ill-fitting temporary crown. Then you go home and wait for your impression to go to the lab, where they make your permanent crown. Finally, about a week later, you go back to your dentist to get your permanent crown, which then needs some adjusting to function well with your other teeth.

Now there’s a better way. Benjamin C. Wang, DMD, and the team at Centerport Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Portland, Oregon, use new digital technology to fit you with a permanent crown from start to finish in one appointment. Here’s what you need to know.

Why would I need a crown?

If you have a tooth that’s been broken, chipped, or cracked, a crown is a cap that fits over your original tooth and gives it a new shape and size. It also seals out bacteria from entering through the damaged area.

A root canal — the procedure that clears out the inside of the tooth but leaves the outer structure — also needs a crown.

Dental crowns restore weak and damaged teeth, cover dental implants and bridges, and help you reach your aesthetic goals.

Whatever the reason, dental crowns are wildly popular — almost two million crowns are placed each year in America. And now that CEREC® is making the process easier for both the dentist and the patient, that number may increase in the coming years.

Getting to know CEREC

CEREC simply means chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramic. And that’s just what Dr. Wang does. He creates a new crown at your chairside. 

Using digital computer technology, he designs the crown with precise detail that’s not possible with an old-school impression. Then he manufactures the ceramic crown right there in the office while you wait. You walk out with a new crown, and no more appointments necessary.

The CEREC result is actually better than the traditional method in several ways. This procedure is:

Once you have your new CEREC crown, you can expect it to last a lifetime, as long as you practice good oral hygiene and don’t grind your teeth. 

Future of dentistry is digital

At Centerport Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, we’re dedicated to delivering the highest quality care with the most advanced technology. This is how we care for your health, your time, and your wallet. And that’s why we offer CEREC crowns.

It’s also why we only use 3D digital imaging instead of traditional X-rays. The advantage of this state-of-the-art technology is that it:

Whether you need a crown, a dental implant, or other cosmetic dental procedure, count on Dr. Wang to give you the best expert care with cutting-edge techniques. If you want to find out if a CEREC crown is right for you, give our office a call or book an appointment online.

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