A tooth that is badly broken down or damaged can be beautifully restored in just one appointment. Our Pasadena cosmetic dentist, Dr. Arash Azarbal, will make a customized CEREC® crown for you in minutes. You will leave his office with a natural-looking restoration that will enhance your smile.
What Is a CEREC® Crown?
A dental crown is commonly referred to as a “cap.” A CEREC® crown is an all-porcelain restoration that protects a damaged tooth, beautifully matches your natural teeth, and is completed in one appointment. The metal from a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown will eventually show through as a dark line at your gumline, but an all-porcelain crown will remain natural looking.
A CEREC® Crown in One Appointment
A small, intraoral camera with CAD-CAM (computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing) technology is used to make a three-dimensional model of your teeth. The model is used to make a customized crown.
The digital image is used by a CEREC® milling machine in our office to craft a crown from a small block of porcelain. You can relax for about twenty minutes while your crown is being made. It will precisely fit over your damaged tooth and beautifully match the characteristics, color, and translucency of your natural teeth.
Preparing Your Tooth for a CEREC® Crown
The size of your natural tooth is reduced to accommodate the crown. We will numb the tooth and the area around it before we gently remove any decay and shave down the tooth. After your tooth is cleaned, dental bonding will be applied to it, and the crown will be secured.
How Long Does a CEREC® Crown Last?
If you take good care of it, it can last ten to twenty years or more. Debris and bacteria can form around a crown just as with a natural tooth, so you must be diligent in brushing and flossing around it. And the crown will withstand any normal chewing. However, if you clench or grind your teeth, let us know. We will offer suggestions to help alleviate the wear on your crown and teeth that result from clenching or grinding.
CEREC® Crowns from Dr. Azarbal – What to Expect
Each year Dr. Azarbal participates in over 100 hours of continuing education to ensure that he consistently delivers aesthetically pleasing cosmetic dentistry. His training in CEREC® technology is ongoing and enables him to use the best techniques to beautifully restore your tooth with a crown that will last.
Your experience will be similar to one of Dr. Azarbal’s patients who commented, “Dr. Azarbal’s work is great functionally, but it also looks great. He did an excellent job matching the color with my natural teeth. The crowns look like my real teeth! Dr. Azarbal is approachable, he listens to your needs, and he is not pushy.”
If you are interested in finding out if you are a candidate for this treatment, call us to schedule an appointment, or request an appointment online. If you want to spend five or ten minutes with Dr. Azarbal to discuss your options before you receive an exam, request a complimentary consultation.