CEREC Specialist

Long N Phan, DMD -  - General Dentistry

TLC Dental

Long N Phan, DMD

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Murrieta, CA

A CEREC® crown makes it possible to repair a damaged or decaying tooth in one appointment. At TLC Dental in Murrieta, California, Long Phan, DMD, and the team offer CEREC same-day crowns. This advanced restorative procedure can save you time and energy while preserving your oral health and well-being. Book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the office today.

CEREC Crown Q & A

What is a CEREC crown?

Nature ImageryA CEREC crown is an oral prosthetic that covers a molar or premolar or attaches to a dental implant. Once bonded in place, a CEREC crown restores your affected tooth to its near original shape, strength, and condition.

CEREC crowns provide stunning results and allow for speedy application. Getting a traditional crown requires at least two appointments. A CEREC crown, on the other hand, can restore your tooth in a single visit.

Why would I need a CEREC crown?

Dr. Phan and the TLC Dental team use CEREC crowns to:

  • Protect teeth from decay
  • Restore broken or worn-down teeth
  • Hold a dental bridge in place
  • Make a cosmetic modification
  • Replace a missing tooth with a dental implant

You might also benefit from a CEREC crown if you have severely discolored or misshapen teeth.

What does getting a CEREC crown involve?

Getting a CEREC crown is easy and stress-free. At the beginning of your appointment, Dr. Phan conducts an oral exam, reviews your dental health history, and takes a series of X-rays. He also asks about your symptoms and goals for treatment.

Afterward, he uses an intraoral scanner to take digital impressions of your tooth. He uploads the impressions to a computer-aided design program that allows him to design a new crown that fits perfectly. Once Dr. Phan approves the design, he transfers it to the CEREC milling machine.

The CEREC milling machine uses the design to craft a custom crown made from zirconia. Zirconia is incredibly tough and mimics the color and light-reflecting properties of tooth enamel. While the machine makes your crown, you can sit and take a nap, read a book, or scroll on your smartphone.

When the machine finishes, about 45 minutes later, Dr. Phan lines up the crown over your tooth and bonds it in place. 

How long does a CEREC crown last?

A CEREC crown can last anywhere from 10-15 years and sometimes longer. To keep yours in optimal condition, practice good oral hygiene. Dr. Phan recommends brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, and visiting the office every six months for an oral exam and professional cleaning.

To prevent chips, cracks, or other damage, avoid bad habits like nail-biting, opening objects with your teeth, or chewing on ice.

To see if you qualify for a CEREC crown, request a consultation at TLC Dental. Book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the office today.