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CEREC Same-Day Crowns – Sunnyvale, CA

Restore and Repair Your Smile Without the Wait

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Is your schedule too busy to fit in multiple dental appointments over a short period of time? Dr. Michael Piccione respects the fact that your schedule is busy, which is why he offers CEREC same-day crowns in Sunnyvale. This way, you can get your oral health restored and your damaged tooth protected in just one office visit. Using CEREC technology, Dr. Piccione is able to give you quality and lasting restorations, quickly. All you have to do is contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn how we can save you time!

What is CEREC Technology?

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Dental restorations have been revolutionized with CEREC in Sunnyvale, or the chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics. In the past, crowns, onlays, inlays, and veneers required multiple procedures with at least two weeks of waiting in between. But now, your Sunnyvale dentist can create your new restoration within a matter of minutes, all from the comfort of our office.

CEREC uses computer-assisted design tools with an in-office milling machine to create customized, natural-looking restorations in a single dental appointment. Here’s a breakdown of the three major components that CEREC utilizes:

  • Acquisition device: Here, a high-quality camera and computer are used to photograph a tooth that has been prepared to receive the restoration. With the acquisition device, three-dimensional images are transferred onto the screen, which your dentist will use to craft the personalized restoration.
  • CAD software: Your dentist will use this three-dimensional image to get a thorough look at the tooth from every angle. It helps us come very close to holding the tooth up close, allowing your dentist to draft an accurate blueprint for your new restoration.
  • In-house milling machine: With our in-house unit, we can manufacture your custom crown, inlay, onlay, or veneer while you wait. The machine uses your precise specifications to mill a beautiful restoration from a single block of dental porcelain. It will be ready within a matter of minutes — no bad-tasting or gag-inducing impressions or time spent waiting is required.

How Can CEREC Same-Day Crowns Benefit Me?

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Most patients who need a ceramic restorative treatment — like a crown, veneer, inlay, or onlay — can benefit from the efficiency of CEREC technology. However, people who have a history of breaking ceramic restorations or patients who have a deep bite may require an alternative approach. To find out whether you can benefit from CEREC technology, schedule a consultation with us. Some of the advantages that patients can gain from CEREC restorations include:

  • No need for flimsy temporary restorations.
  • Made from natural-looking, high-quality ceramic.
  • Minimally invasive procedure.
  • Completed in a single office visit.
  • The most cost-effective solution.
  • Leaves more of your natural tooth structure intact.
  • Long-lasting restoration.
  • Biocompatible solution.

What Does The Procedure Involve?

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CEREC uses CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and manufacture) technology that allows us to craft our own custom crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers while you wait. The machine uses our precise specifications to craft a beautiful restoration from a block of dental porcelain. Within a matter of minutes, you’ll have your new restoration without even having to get a bad-tasting or gag-inducing impression.

First, your dentist will prepare the affected tooth, removing decay and shaping the tooth to be wider at the base. Then we’ll take digital impressions which will be transferred to a computer screen. With the image, your dentist will design your new restoration to your specific measurements. The completed design is transmitted to the milling unit, which we will have prepared with a block of porcelain that matches your tooth enamel precisely. It only takes the milling machine about 15 minutes to craft your new restoration, and it will be stronger than what we typically get from a dental lab.

Before final placement, we will ensure the restoration fits just like it should. Then, we’ll polish and affix it to the prepared tooth. And that’s it — your new smile is ready, no follow-up appointments are needed!