Natural-looking, durable permanent crowns in a single visit

Dr. James Burden uses the state-of-the-art CEREC (CEramic REConstruction) 3D system to design and create high-quality durable all-porcelain crowns in his office. No more waiting 2 to 3 weeks for your permanent restoration to be made at the lab. When you walk into our office for a crown, you walk out shortly after with your new permanent crown.

How CEREC works

Our CEREC system gives Dr. Burden the ability to custom-design, mill and make any needed adjustments to your crown while you wait. Before that process begins however, you and Dr. Burden will choose the shade and shape of your new tooth.

Fast, easy, precision scanning

An integral part of the art of the CEREC system is the Omnicam digital scanner. Simply by scanning your teeth, Dr. Burden can obtain an impression that’s both “powder and gunk-free.”  The Ominicam scans precise 3D images of your teeth and gums in their natural color, which are then sent digitally to Dr. Burden’s 3D software.

Custom-designing your crown

Dr. Burden can custom design and mill your new restoration in one visit.

The design of your crown is done on the CEREC system by Dr. Burden. After choosing the shape and position to best match your other teeth, he makes certain that your crown will be properly aligned for a comfortable bite.

Custom-milling your crown

Starting with a block of high-quality porcelain, your crown will be custom-milled by Dr. Burden to closely match the properties of your natural teeth.

Adjusting for the perfect match

Dr. Burden can make on-the-spot modifications to your crown’s size, shape and color right in the office. Because CEREC is an in-house system, this all takes place faster than it ever could using an off-site lab.

Benefits of the CEREC system

  • CEREC restorations can be completed in one visit. In one visit, you walk out with a strong, permanent porcelain crown; and that means no temporaries and no second appointment.
  • Natural-appearance The porcelain Dr. Burden uses for CEREC restorations has the same translucency as natural teeth. For color matching, ceramic blocks come in 17 shades.
  • Strong & durable. CEREC porcelain is strong. And with proper maintenance, it can last a long time even for chewing-intensive back teeth. Studies have shown porcelain crowns last at least as long as metal-filled crowns. And because it is milled out of a single block of porcelain, it is far less likely to crack or have flaws.
  • Natural-acting. Porcelain expands and contracts in the same way that teeth do, making your crown even more like a natural tooth.
  • Accurate matching. Because Dr. Burden can digitally scan, design, mill and modify your CEREC restoration with you in the chair, he can accurately create properly positioned crowns for you that match your adjacent teeth.
  • Biocompatible.  Our CEREC crowns are milled out of a single block of body-friendly porcelain. That means there’s no core material, including metal.

Dental Bridges in one visit

A dental bridge is an alternative for replacing one to two missing teeth and consists of one or two false teeth filling the missing spaces cemented to the already-crowned adjacent teeth

In one visit using the CEREC system, Dr. Burden can create a bridge for you.

If you’re considering a bridge, you may want to consider dental implants as an alternative for replacing one to two missing teeth. Using the CEREC system, Dr. Burden places a CEREC-created crown for the new tooth on top of the implant, a strong, long-lasting titanium screw which becomes your tooth root.

Bridges are a good alternative for those who want a faster, permanent option than an implant (a two to three-stage process including healing time for the dental implant).

Dental implants, however, have become the international standard for tooth replacement and recommended by Dr. Burden whenever possible.

Read about Dental Implants.

Inlays and Onlays in one visit

An inlay is a porcelain restoration that is placed between the cusps of a tooth. An onlay is a restoration that is fitted over the cusps of the tooth.

Choosing an inlay or an onlay can be a more conservative restoration than a crown, which requires cutting down the tooth. In damaged teeth that are too extensive for a filling to handle yet not enough for a crown, Dr. Burden uses an inlay or onlay.

Using CEREC technology, we can mill high quality porcelain onlays and inlays in one visit.

To make an appointment, call (757) 229-1224 or click here to request an appointment online.