San Jose area dentist explains CEREC dental crowns
Covering a natural tooth to protect it is a common treatment at most dental practices. Many dentists, such as Dr. Lokhandwala of the San Jose area, suggests the placement of dental crowns in situations where natural teeth are broken, weak, or have extremely large fillings. The structure of the tooth may be unable to handle chewing and biting forces, so it is important to maintain the natural tooth by bonding a crown, also known as a cap, over the tooth.
The entire process of receiving a dental crown from a traditional dental practice can take several weeks. The tooth is prepared by removing a small portion of the enamel. Impressions are made and sent to an outside ceramist, who fabricates the crown using the impressions and sends it to the dentist. Patients return to the dental office for the bonding of the crown over their natural tooth.
However, Dr. Lokhandwala, of StarBrite Dental, offers another solution: CEREC dental crowns. CEREC is a method of creating in-house crowns and bridges to use for same-day restorations. Dr. Lokhandwala uses this CAD/CAM system to digitally mill porcelain restorations within 20 minutes, allowing individuals to leave the dental office with their brand new crowns without having to schedule further appointments and wait weeks for laboratory-created crowns. This saves time and money while providing quality restorations to maintain the health and beauty of the smile. Patients who visit other area dental practices have to wait weeks for their restorations to arrive from the ceramist while wearing a temporary crown to be bonded over the tooth in the meantime.
Patients in the San Jose area and surrounding communities who are ready to visit a dentist with the cutting-edge technology needed to provide patients with optimum care are encouraged to visit with Dr. Lokhandwala and her team at StarBrite Dental. During an initial consultation appointment, patients can learn about the CEREC dental crown system and the benefits it can offer. She welcomes new and existing patients to her practice to allow patients the opportunity to improve their smile with cosmetic services such as crowns, veneers, and even orthodontics.