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4217 E. 3rd Street , Bloomington, IN 47401

Bloomington, IN Dentist
Lisa J. Baker, DDS
4217 E 3rd St.
Bloomington, IN 47401
(812) 332-2000
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By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
August 09, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: CEREC   Dental Crowns  

What if we told you that you can fix your dental defects and have a brand new smile in just one dental appointment? That's the beauty of the CEREC One Appointment crowns that you can get from your Bloomington, IN, family dentist, Dr. Lisa Baker.

What Are CEREC One Appointment Crowns?

Dental crowns are synthetic caps that you can get from your dentist following a dental procedure such as a root canal to strengthen your teeth. They're also great for covering up damage and improving your smile. However, the process of getting dental crowns can take several dental visits. These appointments involve taking impressions of your teeth, constructing your dental crowns, and finally the installation.

CEREC One Appointment crowns involve using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) to reduce the time for the procedure to a single appointment.

Getting CEREC One Appointment Crowns

Your dental appointment will begin with an oral exam and dental X-rays with your Bloomington, IN, family dentist to determine if you need dental crowns. Next, your dentist will prepare your teeth to receive your new dental crowns.

The digital impression that your dentist takes of your teeth is used to create a virtual model of your teeth. This model guides your dentist in making your new dental crowns. Once your crowns are ready, your dentist will glue them to your already prepared teeth. Due to the precision of the imaging techniques, you'll likely need little or no bite adjustments. Your new smile will look natural and beautiful.

Caring for Your Dental Crowns

Your dental crowns can serve you for up to eight years if you care for them properly. Some oral habits such as teeth grinding can reduce the lifetime of your dental crowns. Ensuring that you brush your teeth and floss regularly is also essential to protect your oral health and prevent bacteria and plaque buildup.

If you're on a tight schedule and you're worried about not having enough time to fix your dental imperfections, consider talking to your dentist about CEREC One Appointment crowns. Call (812) 332-2000 to schedule your dental appointment with your family dentist in Bloomington, IN, Dr. Baker today.

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
March 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: CEREC  

Getting a dental crown is faster than ever, thanks to CEREC same-day crowns. Your Bloomington, IN, family dentist, Dr. Lisa Baker can help you protect or enhance your smile with CEREC dental crowns.

Dental crowns in half the time

Before CEREC, adding a dental crown to a tooth required two visits. During the first appointment, your Bloomington, IN, dentist used to crownreduce the size of your tooth and made an impression of your mouth. She sent the impression off to a dental laboratory and placed a temporary crown on your tooth.

Unfortunately, your crown order was just one of many that the laboratory received. In most cases, you waited about two weeks for your new crown to be completed. In the meantime, you had to avoid tough or sticky foods that could damage or dislodge your temporary crown.

Today, there's no need to wait for a dental laboratory to fabricate your crown. In fact, Dr. Baker makes your CEREC crown for you in her office during your first and only crown appointment.

How does the CEREC process work?

Dr. Baker will still make your tooth a little smaller in preparation for your crown and take an impression of your mouth. If you received a crown in the past, dental putty may have been used for your impression. Although putty produces good results, it's messy and makes some people gag. The CEREC system uses putty-less digital impressions instead and provides a much more comfortable impression experience.

Your dentist uses CEREC's innovative software to design your new crown, then sends it to a milling machine, a device that's like a 3-D printer for crowns. The milling machine removes layers from a block of ceramic or resin to create your new crown while you wait. After the crown is ready, Dr. Baker will check its fit, make a few adjustments if necessary, and attach the restoration to your tooth with dental cement.

Same-day CEREC crowns offer an excellent alternative to two-visit porcelain crowns. Have you been putting off getting a crown? Call your Bloomington, IN, family dentist, Dr. Baker at (812) 332-2000 to schedule an appointment today!