By Kyle Weedon, DDS
July 10, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: CAD/CAM Crowns  

When you know you need a crown, do you dread the process? Multiple appointments for tooth preparation, impressions, temporary caps, final placement--do you have all that time? Kyle Weedon, DDS, says there is a quicker and very high-quality way to get the Crownsporcelain restoration you need and to save your precious time, too.

The treatment is called the CAD/CAM crown. CAD/CAM stands for Computer-aided Design/Computer-aided Manufacturing. When a tooth is damaged due to excessive decay, root canal therapy, accident or multiple restorations, a porcelain cap covers what remains of the healthy tooth structure and restores the tooth to full function and attractive appearance.

How CAD/CAM Crowns Work

CAD/CAM crowns are fabricated chairside--that is, right in the dental office without the "middle man" of an outside lab. CAD/CAM manufacturing involves a method called CEREC, which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. The computer software, which images the patient's mouth and designs the crown, is coupled with a state of the art milling machine. The dental team and patient can actually watch the new tooth being created from a single block of porcelain in as little as 8 to 15 minutes.

When the machine finishes sculpting the restoration according to the dentist's design instructions, the dentist or assistant shapes the crown, smoothing any rough edges and adjusting the shading if necessary to match neighboring teeth. After some final hardening, Dr. Weedon glues the CAD/CAM crown into place and checks for fit and bite. Amazingly, this entire procedure takes just one dental visit of no more than 1 to 2 hours.

Because of the precise imaging and design work put into the restoration, the final product is usually perfect in form and function, lasting indefinitely with good brushing and flossing. Of course, the patient should continue with twice-yearly dental exams and hygienic cleanings. In addition, while people wearing CAD/CAM crowns can eat any healthy foods they want, they should guard against extra hard choices such as peanut brittle and take care not to open plastic packages or bottles with their teeth.

Visit Kyle Weedon DDS

Dr. Weedon and his staff can tell you all about beautiful CAD/CAM crowns. Contact their Mineola, TX office today to schedule a consultation. Phone (903) 569-5818.

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Kyle Weedon, DDS, PLLC
620 E. Broad Street, Suite 1
Mineola, TX 75773

(The white building next to the Mineola Post Office.)
 

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