& Implant Dentistry
A crown restores comfortable function and structural integrity to a tooth compromised by a chip, crack, or deep cavity. In the past, and in many dental offices today, a crown procedure requires several weeks of waiting and a temporary restoration. The temporary restoration can fall off or break, necessitating an additional dental visit. Today, at Gary Pointer, DDS, Dr. Pointer creates crowns in one day using CEREC CAD/CAM technology.
If you need a dental crown, Dr. Pointer may suggest CEREC. This innovative technology relies on 3D imaging and an in-office milling unit to fabricate custom, porcelain crowns quickly, using high-quality materials. Patients do not have to endure the messy, uncomfortable process of a traditional impression either. With 3D imaging, our computer produces a precise diagram of your affected tooth. Then, CEREC software helps Dr. Pointer design a custom-fitted, color-matched crown that will look natural in your smile. The milling unit sculpts the crown from a solid porcelain block, and Dr. Pointer can often place the restoration that day or very soon after the crown has been milled.