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By Phillip S. Tully III DMD
January 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you need a crown but don't have enough room in your schedule for multiple dental appointments? Same-day CEREC crowns offer a dental crownsconvenient alternative to the two-appointment crown process. Columbus, GA, dentists Dr. Phillip Tully and Dr. W. Newton Sharp explain how CEREC works.

CAD/CAM technology simplifies crown production

Thanks to computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM), crowns can be created in the dentist's office, rather than a dental laboratory. Versatile crowns are used to strengthen, stabilize and restore fragile or damaged teeth, but also offer an excellent way to improve the appearance of a crooked, discolored or short tooth.

Traditionally, the crown process involved reducing the size of your tooth, making an impression of your mouth with gooey dental putty, then sending the impression to a dental laboratory for fabrication of the crown. You left the office with a temporary crown and were given a list of foods to avoid to prevent damaging or dislodging the temporary crown. Two weeks later, you returned for the new crown.

When you receive a CEREC crown, you'll only need to visit our Columbus, GA, office once. After preparing your tooth, we'll use a digital camera to create a virtual impression of your mouth. Many patients are particularly happy to hear that there's no longer any need to use uncomfortable putty impressions, thanks to the virtual impression process.

After we create the virtual impression, we'll manipulate a 3D computerized image of your mouth to design a crown that will fit your mouth perfectly. With just a click of a button, the design will be sent to our in-office milling machine, where it will be crafted from a block of ceramic. The entire process only takes about an hour and completely eliminates the need for a temporary crown. Should there be any issues with the fit of your crown, a new crown can be created while you wait.

Are you interested in finding out if a CEREC crown is a good option for you? Call Columbus, GA, dentists Dr. Phillip Tully and Dr. W. Newton Sharp at (706) 323-6491 to schedule an appointment.

By Phillip S. Tully III DMD
May 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Modern dentistry provides many convenient, effective solutions to dental issues. One of the best examples of these state-of-the-art dental crownsprocedures is CEREC. CEREC cuts out the need for a dental laboratory in creating porcelain dental restorations, saving patients time, money and effort. Learn more about CEREC and how it can benefit you with Dr. Phillip Tully at his practice in Columbus, GA.

What is CEREC?
CEREC is a state-of-the-art system which allows your dentist to create porcelain dental restorations right inside their office rather than relying on a dental laboratory to perform the design and creation process. CEREC’s system consists of a computer CAD/CAM program, a special wand for taking 3D images of the mouth, and the CEREC machine itself, which carves the restoration from a block of ceramic. Your doctor will use CEREC’s system to perfect the design of your restoration and ensure that your results have the most natural look possible.

What can CEREC do for me?
CEREC can create dental restorations like crowns, bridges and veneers. These restorations can be used on their own or in conjunction with dental procedures like dental implants. The CEREC system cuts out the need for a dental laboratory. Skipping this step saves you the fees associated with using the lab and the time spent waiting for your restoration to return to your dentist’s office. CEREC also eliminates the need for taking physical clay impressions of your mouth. Eliminating the laboratory step allows your dentist to design, create and place your restoration all within the same dental appointment.

CEREC Porcelain Dental Restorations in Columbus, GA
If you need a dental restoration, your dentist can help you determine if CEREC restorations are the best course of treatment for you. CEREC has proven to be a safe and effective method to create dental restorations, using high-quality materials to ensure the most durable restoration and natural look possible. For more information on CEREC, please contact Dr. Tully at his practice in Columbus, GA. Call (706) 323-6491 to schedule your consultation for porcelain dental restorations with Dr. Tully today!