Have you ever heard anyone talk of having perfect teeth without even the smallest signs of decay or fillings? Your answer is probably 'no' because many of us have suffered from tooth decay and been treated with fillings. The problem with the fillings we have now is that they are made of metals which could go bad, weaken the tooth or get subjected to additional decay around or under it. As a solution to this problem, Dr. Burgess offers CEREC. Introduced by Sirona Dental Systems, CEREC is a procedure used by dentists around the world since 1987. This system is used to replace metal fillings and restore decayed, weakened or broken teeth. But the most amazing benefit of CEREC is that it's done in a single appointment using all-ceramic tooth colored materials. This is the most preferred patient and doctor approved method.
Based in Jacksonville, Dr. Burgess will start by examining your tooth to decide on the appropriate treatment. If he thinks that your condition calls for a CEREC solution, he will give an anesthetic to prepare your affected tooth for the procedure by removing decayed or weakened tooth tissue.
Next, he will take an optical impression of the tooth. Instead of taking a traditional impression, he will apply a coat of non-toxic, tasteless powder onto your tooth. A camera will then be used to take digital photo of the tooth. This entire process will take no more than a few minutes.
Thereafter, Dr. Burgess will utilize his CEREC machine to create with a restoration for your tooth. The in-built CEREC 3D software aids him in this process by converting the digital picture earlier taken into a 3D virtual model on the computer screen. At this point, the software allows the doctor to work his magic to design the restoration that's exactly right for you. Following this, the designed data is forwarded to a separate milling machine in the office. In the milling machine, a ceramic block which matches the color of your teeth is chosen and placed. In a matter of 10 to 20 minutes, your custom designed ceramic restoration is milled and made ready for placement. Dr. Burgess will then try the restoration in your mouth while ensuring a proper fit and bite. With satisfactory results, the restoration will then be polished and bonded to the tooth.
What's amazing is that a quite a lot of work is done in a single appointment. The professionals at the Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry help patients with crowns for a wide variety of issues. Apart from cosmetic enhancement, Dr. Burgess helps patients with broken or fractured teeth, decayed teeth, fractured or large fillings, and teeth with root canal. For large cosmetic procedures the traditional crown method may still be applied. Call for an appointment today to see the difference a Cerec crown can make
Porcelain crowns play an important role in allowing our dentists to provide good dental health and function. Traditional silver fillings (dental amalgams) are composed of powdered metals including silver, copper and tin in an elemental mercury base. In recent years, the advancement of ceramic materials used to make replacement crowns, means that you no longer have to settle for metal fillings that can wash out and allow tooth decay to develop underneath. At the Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, our dentist can provide you with proven options for repairing your damaged tooth or replacing an existing amalgam filling.
Even a subtle change in your smile can make a dramatic difference in the way you feel and act around others. Dental crowns (or caps) can restore both strength and beauty to badly damaged teeth. Popular types of dental crowns used today include:
- Metal or Gold Crowns - Compared to other crowns, less of your existing tooth needs to be removed when your dentist uses a metal crowns. Gold crowns can withstand demanding chewing forces and cause less wear to your opposing teeth. Since metal crowns rarely break, gold crowns are a good choice for out-of-sight molars.
- Resin-Based Dental Crowns - Compared to other crowns, resin-based crowns are typically less expensive but the base material is more prone to breaking than gold crowns or porcelain crowns. Additionally, resin-based crowns can wear down over time from normal biting and chewing.
- Ceramic Crowns - Compared to other crowns, ceramic crowns can be produced in a variety of colors and tints that makes a ceramic cap an ideal choice for repairing front teeth. However, ceramic or all porcelain crowns are not as strong as a gold crown or metal-fused porcelain crown. Ceramic crowns are also an option for those patients who are allergic to dental metals.
- Fused Porcelain Crowns - Compared to other crowns, porcelain fused to metal crowns are stronger than all-ceramic crowns and can be color match to your existing teeth unlike metal or gold crowns. However, these durable porcelain crowns do cause the most wear on opposing teeth and can chip or crack in time.
As an option for repairing a broken tooth or removing a decayed area of a tooth, Dr. Burgess may recommend CEREC ceramic crowns to cap your repaired tooth. CEREC crowns offer a popular replacement solution that can be completed in a single office visit. Technicians manufacture the CEREC ceramic crowns in Jacksonville at the Burgess Center using an all-ceramic material machined for a perfect match to your bite. Using the latest 3D dental modeling software, the entire CEREC process takes less than an hour from start to finish for a beautiful smile.
First, Dr. Burgess will take an optical impression of the tooth and a 3D camera will be used to take digital photos of your teeth. This takes no more than a few minutes for the doctor to have a virtual model of any tooth on his computer screen. Using software that connects to a milling machine, the doctor will produce a perfect replacement tooth that matches the natural color of your existing teeth. Once the replacement tooth is fitted, Dr. Burgess will bond the crown to the stub of your tooth.
To ensure you keep your natural smile, Dr. Burgess will recommend the best options for repairing a damaged tooth. Not just on aesthetics alone but based on specific dental considerations like those mentioned above. If you need a damaged tooth repaired, call the Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry today at (904) 273-3001 for an appointment in Jacksonville. Don't delay. Burgess is Jacksonville's premier dental center for restoring smiles.