High-Tech Crowns and Bridges

No messy impressions here! Lengthy, uncomfortable crown and bridge procedures are a thing of the past, because Dr. Hall employs the CEREC 3-D impression system.

How the 3-D Cerec System Works

The procedure is simple: An intra-oral camera takes a digital scan of your teeth and the image is converted to a 3-D model on the computer. Dr. Hall uses this to design the restoration work needed, and the computer sends the data to a milling machine at a lab. A ceramic block matching your tooth shade is placed in the milling machine and the restoration is finished. All that's left is ensuring proper fit, polishing and bonding. Bottom line: The 3-D CEREC method is an advanced and economical technology that dental professionals and patients alike appreciate.

Frequently Asked Questions

1How long will I be numb?
Your lips, teeth, cheek and/or tongue may be numb for several hours after the procedure. To avoid injury, you should avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off. It is very easy to bite or burn your tongue, cheek or lip while you are numb.
2Is it normal for my gums or jaw to be sore?
Irritation to the gum tissue can occur from dental work. Rinsing your mouth 2-3 times per day with 1⁄2 tsp of warm saltwater can help to alleviate discomfort. Injection sites can be sore for several days after your appointment. Over-the- counter pain medications work well to alleviate the tenderness.
3My bite feels off, is this normal?
If your bite feels uneven, please call our office so we can make a quick adjustment to the temporary or final restoration. Do not assume your bite will get better after time. The tooth may become irritated and a toothache may occur, if this is not done. It may also cause an increase in temperature sensitivity with the tooth.
4Is it normal for my tooth to be sensitive?
It is normal to experience some sensitivity to heat, cold, sweets and pressure after your appointment. It is common for the sensitivity to last several months after treatment. Usually, deeper cavities will be more sensitive. Again, make sure that your bite feels even.