If you’ve lost one or more teeth due to decay or traumatic injury, you can replace them with crowns and bridges. These devices can restore your smile and the confidence that comes with it. At Philip Cook, DDS, LLC, men and women have access to advanced technology that enables practitioners to create crowns and bridges in just one day. CEREC® one-day crowns and bridges are a game-changer in restorative dentistry and one of many reasons why people from in and around Wilmette, Illinois, seek the care of Dr. Philip E. Cook and Dr. Philip M. Cook. Online scheduling makes it easy to get in and begin a path back to a confident smile.
Crowns and bridges are fixed dental devices used to restore missing or damaged teeth. Unlike dentures, which you can remove, dental crowns and bridges remain in place while you eat, sleep, work, and play.
You use crowns to cover a tooth that has sustained extensive damage. Crowns cover the remaining tooth surface entirely and reinforce the tooth’s structural integrity while giving a natural appearance. When crafted and positioned correctly, crowns are nearly impossible to detect.
A crown can assist with:
A bridge is a dental device used to fill gaps left by one or more missing teeth. Bridges are anchored to surrounding teeth and help prevent your remaining teeth from shifting.
The process begins with a thorough dental exam, during which Dr. Cook examines your teeth and determines if a filling or bridge is the best treatment option. If you’re a good candidate for a CEREC, which stands for Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic, crown or bridge, Dr. Cook prepares your tooth for restoration.
You’re given an anesthetic to prevent pain and help you remain comfortable. Next, Dr. Cook removes any weak or decayed tooth tissue. He also uses a special camera to create a digital image of your teeth.
Dr. Cook uses innovative technology to create a 3D virtual model of the affected tooth and the desired restoration. That model allows the CEREC program to create a customized restoration, which a special milling machine crafts right in the office.
Dr. Cook then takes the finished product and places it in your mouth to check for proper fit. He can make minor adjustments before polishing the restoration and bonding it to the previously-prepared tooth surface.
Traditionally, getting a crown or bridge requires multiple trips to the dentist. To create a good fit, a dentist makes an impression of your teeth, requiring you to bite down on plastic or metal trays filled with a chewing-gum-like substance until it firms up.
Once they create the mold, the dentist sends that impression to a dental lab. Technicians use the impression to craft your crown or bridge. That process can take weeks to complete, and you’re given a temporary dental device to wear until your new restoration comes back from the lab.
With CEREC crowns and bridges, you can complete the entire restoration process in just one day. That makes the most of your time and avoids the need to take special care of your prepared tooth and temporary dental device until Dr. Cook cements your permanent crown or bridge into place.