Our dental health is dependent on the amount of time we spend taking care of our teeth and mouth. Over time, we may begin to experience dental decay that requires serious repair and restoration to our teeth. Traditional ceramic crowns made by a lab, while useful, may not always be the quickest option for restoring dental health. At La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry and Orthodontics, Dr. Kohani uses CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) technology to produce ceramic crowns and complete restoration procedures in a single day to correct your dental condition.Schedule a Consultation
Traditional crowns usually take two weeks to make and require patients to wear uncomfortable, fragile temporary crowns during that time. CEREC is an innovative device using CAD/CAM software that can create ceramic crowns in a matter of hours, eliminating the need for temporary crowns. With CEREC, Dr. Kohani will have your crowns designed, fabricated, and fitted in one day with no downtime in between procedures.
Instead of using messy, uncomfortable, and temporary impression material, CEREC will make an imprint of your teeth and bite contact using a 3-D digital CT scan. It can also be used to make veneers, inlays, and onlays. With CEREC technology, your crowns will be made from natural, tooth-like ceramic material for a more comfortable and accurately fitting smile.
Ceramic crowns designed by CEREC technology will not only blend right in with your already existing teeth, but they will also provide a more durable and aesthetically pleasing smile for many years to come.
Before you proceed with any procedure, Dr. Kohani will perform a dental examination to determine the exact underlying issues. If you are experiencing extensive tooth decay that cannot be corrected with a filling, dental bridges, root canal, or dental implants, a dental crown is your best option for restoration.
Once your examination is complete and the best restoration method has been determined, Dr. Kohani will prepare the tooth (or teeth) by taking a digital impression and uploading it onto the CEREC device.
Your crown specifications are uploaded into the CEREC machinery, which will begin to construct the crown using a block of ceramic material based on the data that has been provided by Dr. Kohani. Our orthodontic assistant, Ana Torres, is a certified CEREC designer and assists in the fabrication process, which can take up to an hour to complete.
After the restorations have been produced, your crown will be stained, polished, and then placed onto your teeth. Dr. Kohani will ensure the crown fits properly while also checking your bite contact in case of any issues. If there are no issues and your crown feels comfortable, it will be cemented in place for a natural-looking smile.
There is no downtime or recovery associated with CEREC technology. The crown takes one hour to be created. Once it has been placed in your mouth, you are free to continue your usual routine.
Follow-ups can be scheduled after your procedure if you feel your crown is in need of any necessary adjustments and to ensure it is functioning correctly.
The precise cost for a ceramic crown depends on the patient’s exact dental condition. Individual insurance companies may cover a portion of the expenses. Dr. Kohani will be happy to provide you with a detailed price quote during your examination.
When placed precisely, ceramic crowns will blend perfectly with your remaining teeth for a completely streamlined look. They also provide custom and aesthetically pleasing results that will make patients look and feel great about their smile.
Before and after photos are a great way for you, the patient, to get a realistic view of the results we provide at La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics.
Definitely the BEST dentist I have ever had! A friend referred me to Dr. Kohani. In the past I have not had good experiences with other dentists. As soon as I met Dr. Kohani, I felt very comfortable. He is a very knowledgeable and caring doctor and his staff is amazing. I am currently doing Invisalign with Dr. Kohani. Every time I go to his office it is a very pleasant experience. Dr. Kohani and his staff are always so warm and welcoming. If you are looking for a good, caring, and honest dentist I recommend Dr. Kohani! A. Rodriquez
I have gone to Dr. Kohani a few times now and have had nothing but great experiences. I was impressed with the friendly staff that is welcoming and organized. We all know these visits aren’t necessarily ones we look forward to, but Dr. Kohani makes this experience quite pleasant. He’s a very nice man and phenomenal dentist. I will definitely be returning! O. LaJeunesse
He is an extremely dedicated dentist who is committed to his patients. Dr. Kohani is warm, caring and understanding. I have referred my family and friends to him, who also think he is an amazing dentist and passionate about his practice. You can feel confident with Dr. Kohani and know he will give you the best results possible. Jodi B.
Ceramic crowns are small, tooth-shaped caps that are placed over one or more teeth to better enhance the size and alignment with the rest of your smile.
Extensive procedures like dental implants, root canal therapy, and dental bridges may require ceramic crowns as a means of completion. These procedures can often take a few weeks or months to prepare the damaged area before the crown can be placed.
Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing machines are known as CAD/CAM software, which helps create ceramic crowns in a short amount of time.
Traditional ceramic crowns require an additional week of wait time for the crowns to be created by a master ceramist and sent to the dentist’s office.