June 21, 2019
When it comes to a dental emergency, time is of the essence. A broken tooth can lead to worse than just an aesthetic problem; it could easily lead to further health complications. Fortunately, advances in dental technology has provided your dentist with new options for repairing damaged teeth. Learn how CEREC in Midwest City can restore your smile fast!
What are the Consequences of a Broken Tooth?
Different kinds of physical trauma – for example, crunching on hard candy, falling down, or taking a blow to the face – can easily lead to a tooth breaking. The fracture line could irritate your tongue or cheek. If the crack extends to the nerve, it can be very painful.
A broken tooth can easily allow bacteria to reach the pulp and cause an infection, which can lead to health complications. A root canal will likely need to be performed in order to try and save the tooth. Note that sometimes a broken tooth may actually be a sign that an infection is already present.
To restore a broken tooth and protect it from further issues, a crown is often placed.
What is CEREC and What Are the Benefits?
CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics; it’s a special method for producing dental crowns quickly. An intraoral scanner is used to examine your teeth and create digital impressions. Special software is then used to create a digital tooth restoration, and milling tools are used to create the physical version out of ceramic. After this, the crown will be ready for placement.
One of the most notable advantages of CEREC is that the entire process can be performed during a single visit. With traditional crowns, it usually takes at least two appointments with weeks between them before the final prosthetic is placed.
Another benefit is that CEREC crowns look natural in your mouth. Unlike metal crowns, the ceramic material can match the tooth’s color, and the imaging process can create an accurate fit for your bite and gum line. The process is also often considered more comfortable by many patients.
How Do I Take Care of My CEREC Crown?
CEREC crowns last between 5 and 15 years (which is the same expected lifespan as traditional crowns). To make sure they last as long as possible, good oral hygiene is required. Remember to brush twice a day for two minutes at a time, and floss daily. Fluoride mouthwash can also be useful in avoiding infection. And of course, those biannual trips to your dentist in Midwest City are vital in maintaining your oral health.
It’s important to know what options are available to you in a dental emergency. Speak with your dentist about CEREC and other possible methods of tooth restoration so that if worst comes to worst, you’ll know what to expect.
About the Author
Dr. Steven Kendrick became a Doctor of Dental Surgery at the Oklahoma University College of Dentistry and is a member of the Oklahoma Dental Society as well as the Academy of General Dentistry. In addition to offering CEREC one-visit dentistry at his own practice, Midwest Dental Center, he also serves as a mentor for other doctors who use the procedure. To schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (405) 732-0431.
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