Posts for tag: dental crowns

By Carrie Polster, DMD
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

CEREC crowns offer an excellent alternative to traditional porcelain crowns. Your family dentist in Midland Park, NJ, Dr. Carrie Polster, dental crownsshares a few advantages that make the crowns a good choice for most people.

What are CEREC crowns?

Unlike porcelain crowns, CEREC crowns are actually made in our Midland Park office. We'll make a digital impression of your mouth and send it to our computer. In a matter of seconds, the impression will be transformed into a 3D image, thanks to CAD/CAM technology. The technology allows us to create a digital representation of your crown before sending it to our milling machine. The milling machine functions as a crown "printer" and shapes your crown by removing layers from a small block of resin or ceramic in an hour or less.

What advantages do CEREC crowns provide?

CEREC crowns offer a few benefits that make them a particularly attractive choice, including:

  • No Waiting for a Permanent Crown: Getting a crown used to require two dental appointments. The first appointment involved reducing the size of your tooth and making an impression of your mouth to be sent to a dental laboratory. About two weeks later, you returned to your family dentist in Midland Park and received your permanent crown. The CEREC process eliminates the need for the dental laboratory. At the end of your one and only visit, you'll leave with your brand new permanent crown.
  • Temporary Crowns Are Unnecessary: In the past, you wore a temporary crown while you waited for your second crown appointment. The crown protected your prepared tooth and also allowed you to chew normally, as long as you avoided tough or sticky foods. If you forgot and enjoyed a strip steak or took a bite of a caramel, your temporary crown could have loosened or broken. Thanks to the CEREC one-visit process, temporary crowns are no longer needed.
  • Uncomfortable Impressions Are a Thing of the Past: The CEREC system uses digital impressions, rather than putty-based impressions that can make you gag. The scanner passes over your mouth in seconds and produces a clear digital impression of your teeth.
  • Quick Do-Overs: Although your new crown will probably fit you perfectly, problems can occasionally occur with crowns, whether they're made from porcelain, ceramic or resin. If there is an issue, you won't have to wait another two weeks for a new crown. It can be produced in our office while you wait.

One-visit CEREC crowns offer the perfect solution for busy people. Call your family dentist in Midland Park, NJ, Dr. Polster, at (201) 444-5675 to schedule your appointment.

There's no need to settle for a smile that doesn't live up to your expectations. Thanks to cosmetic dentistry, it's easier than ever to cosmetic dentistryimprove your smile. Dr. Carrie Polster, your Midland Park, NJ dentist, shares information about several popular cosmetic dentistry treatments.

Teeth whitening

Have you ever looked at old photograph of yourself and wondered what happened to your teeth? Aging and stains caused by drinking wine, coffee, tea and cola can make your teeth look dull and yellow. If you have just one hour to spare, you can lighten your teeth by three to eight shades with a professional in-office teeth whitening treatment. We also provide take-home trays to keep your teeth white. Your Midland Park dentist also offers take-home kits if you prefer to whiten your teeth at home.

Dental veneers

Dental veneers offer one of the more innovative ways to change the appearance of your teeth. These thin porcelain shells fit over the front of teeth and cover a variety of flaws. Chips, discolorations, gaps and crooked teeth disappear the moment your dentist attaches the veneers to your teeth. They're also a good alternative to teeth whitening and can offer dramatic results.

Crowns and bridges

Crowns and bridges are an excellent choice if you've lost a tooth or need to restore a damaged or broken tooth. Crowns are designed to fit over your teeth and cover all sides of a tooth, unlike veneers that only cover the front surfaces of teeth. Dentists use them to support teeth weakened by cracks and dental procedures, restore short or broken teeth, and hide imperfections.

Multiple crowns make up a bridge and are used to replace missing teeth. Artificial teeth are suspended between two crowns that that support your bridge.

Composite bonding

Tooth-colored composite resin repairs chips and other defects, fills gaps, builds up teeth that have become eroded and can even change the shape of teeth. The resin can be molded into any shape, but hardens quickly after it's applied to your teeth.

Dental implants

It used to be that once a tooth was gone, it was gone for good, but that's no longer true, thanks to dental implants. Implants replace your entire tooth from the roots to the crown. This long-lasting replacement option will definitely give you something to smile about.

Cosmetic dentistry treatments can revitalize your smile in just one or two visits. Call Dr. Polster, your Midland Park, NJ dentist, at (201) 444-5675 to schedule your appointment.