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Crowns in Whittier, CA - Dr. Robert Parminter

Dr. Robert Parminter, DDS, applies his dental expertise to a diverse range of dental practice areas, but one of his primary focuses is on creating crowns for his patients in Whittier and nearby communities. By fabricating and placing these custom-fit devices on-site, Dr. Parminter and the other three dentists on his team have restored the smiles of numerous patients and greatly increased their quality of life in the process.

What is CEREC®?

Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic or CEREC® for short is a new state-of-the-art method of reconstructing tooth restorations. CEREC® uses computer-assisted design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to offer single-day restorations for patients. This new technology has revolutionized ceramic restorations such as crowns and veneers for patients so that there is no longer a wait between preparing the restoration and finally receiving the finished product. With CEREC®, the technology is used while you are sitting in the dental chair, which is both economical for you and your dentist. The restorations created are metal-free and tooth colored to restore your tooth to its natural beauty, strength and function. With CEREC®’s CAD-CAM technology, these ceramic restorations can all be done in one single visit to the dentist.

The CEREC® Process

CEREC® uses CAD-CAM technology to design and mill custom restorations during one visit to the dentist. So how does this process work?

  • Exam and Preparation

    Before you get started, your dentist will determine if CEREC® is right for you. Depending on how much healthy tooth structure you have remaining, it may be a simple filling or you may need a crown. After reviewing your options, the dentist will begin the process by administering anesthetic and preparing your tooth for restoration by removing decay and weakened tooth tissue.

  • Optical Impression

    In order to make the desired restoration, a 3-dimensional image of the tooth that needs to be restored must be created from a digital camera scan of the tooth. This three-dimensional image will be used to create the restoration without the need to take a messy impression. This means no horrible tasting impression material for you to gag on. The computer and CEREC® 3D software then converts the digital image into a three-dimensional virtual model of the prepared tooth.

  • Milling Unit

    This device is used to used to create the custom restoration needed for the tooth. Based on the original color of your tooth, the dentist is able to select the correct colored ceramic block and in a few minutes, the milling device is able to create the restoration needed.

  • Placing the Restoration

    After the restoration is made, it is ready to be tried on to ensure that you get proper fit and bite. When it is ready, the restoration is polished and bonded into place by your dentist. Therefore, no temporary restoration is needed and no return trip is necessary, saving you time and money.

Advantages to Using CEREC®

CEREC® has revolutionized the restorative process. It was created with the patient in mind in order to make a visit to the dentist as pain-free as possible. Some of the benefits to using CEREC® are:

  • Most procedures can be done in one visit - less costly and less time-consuming
  • Less painful injections due to single-visit
  • No need to take messy impressions
  • No need to have a temporary restoration for in-between visits
  • Ability to save as much natural tooth structure as possible
  • Longer lasting restorations - may last over 10 years
  • Restores teeth to natural beauty, function and strength
  • Metal-free restorations

Focusing on Faster Crowns

Crowns can restore broken or damaged teeth by providing a near-flawless match for their original healthy surfaces. They're often applied after fillings fracture or when patients sustain serious oral injuries, but they can also help protect teeth after root canal therapy and serve as general aesthetic enhancements. Unfortunately, traditional crown procedures were typically time-consuming and cumbersome for patients.

Dr. Parminter has an intimate appreciation for the need to maintain organized, efficient operating standards. Along the way, he developed a unique practice that devotes itself to minimizing the duration of a typical crown procedure.

Same-Day Crowns with CEREC Technology

Although our dental office offers a number of restoration alternatives, some of our most popular options include crowns in one appointment. Instead of having to wait for measurements to be taken and then sent  away to a dental lab to be created, patients can take advantage of the fact that we have a CEREC machine on-site that can mill your crown, in-house, in as little as one hour.

In addition to providing increased convenience, this tighter process loop makes it easier for our dentists to create a custom crown that promotes a healthy bite and accurate fit.

The CEREC machine can create a 3-D model of your mouth, based on detailed digital images Dr. Parminter will take of your dentition. From this model, your custom restoration is milled from a solid block of porcelain, so you can get your restoration quickly and easily. Our CEREC machine offers numerous benefits over the traditional methods for creating crowns, veneers, and other restorations, including:

• Helps replace damaged or diseased teeth
• Natural in appearance
• No need for a temporary crown
• No need for multiple procedures or multiple visits
• Reduced waiting time
• Same-day results

Caring for Your New Smile

Our dental team treats patients like family, and we offer our patrons the friendliest environment we can. By maintaining a staff that includes a female dentist as well as a range of specialists, we facilitate open communication and education alike. In addition to teaching you how to maintain your dental health after receiving your new crowns, we'll help you check for a proper bite and clue you in on recognizing the warning signs of any potential problems.

Same-Day Crowns in Whittier with Robert Parminter, DDS

We want to empower you to take a proactive approach to your oral health, even when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. After 22 years in practice, we're confident in our ability to help you reclaim your beautiful smile and maintain an even bite that lets you share your happy expression with those around you.

Learn more about what CEREC or porcelain crowns can do for your smile by making your appointment with our Whittier CEREC dentist today.

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