At most dentists it takes two appointments for restorations such as crowns, inlays, and onlays. Receiving a dental implant can take 6 months and involve two recovery periods. Involving dental labs to fabricate these prosthetics adds a waiting period along with the second appointment to improve your smile.
But thanks to modern digital technology and milling capability, our office can condense the process for all of these dental procedures, often into just a single appointment. How great is that?
That’s same-day dentistry at Dr. Louis Siegelmans’ practice.
“Dr. S (and his entire staff) are AMAZING!! Everyone is kind, patient, courteous and professional. If you are afraid of the dentist I highly recommend you schedule a visit. The second you walk into the office you are greeted by name with a sincere smile and hello. You go to the exam room and there’s music playing and a sense of serenity at every turn. Every single member of the team makes you feel like you are their only patient. YOU are their top priority and they will all do every and anything in their power to make your visit successful.They are not patronizing in any way. You can tell from the second you meet him that Dr. S loves what he does and is committed to each and every one of his patients. Schedule an appointment today, you will not be disappointed.”- V.H.
Our Technology Is The Key
Dr. Siegelman and our entire team take great pride in staying on the leading edge of the latest dental technology. This benefits our patients because many involved treatments and repairs can be done in just one appointment.
CEREC stands for Chairside Economic Restorations of Esthetic Ceramics. This is a CAD/CAM (computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing) system that enables Dr. Siegelman and Dr. Ng to use the CEREC Primescan to take digital impressions of the patient’s entire mouth, design the prosthesis in the CEREC intelligent software, and then send that design to the milling unit that then creates the crown or other repair in about 30 minutes. CEREC enables us to place these dental prosthetics such as crowns in a single appointment, rather than the usual two or three appointments.
Cone Beam Tomography
We also utilize cone beam tomography that delivers superior analysis of the patient’s bone structure, teeth, and gums. For same-day dentistry, this imaging technology allows our team to use 3D implant planning. This ensures the implant or implants are placed in the best locations with the most bone mass.
Technology continues to improve how we deliver care and our office workflow. In addition to our up-to-date dental systems, we are thrilled to offer iTero and Primescan digital scanning technology.
The iTero advanced intraoral scanner creates 3-D dental images in minutes, to help us with restorative work, clear aligner treatment, diagnosis, and prevention.
Primescan provides us with high-quality, interactive 3D medical imaging, with specialized clinical 3-D views – a valuable reference tool when determining your best treatment options.
What Is Same-Day Dentistry?
At Dr. Siegelman’s practice, same-day dentistry means taking advantage of our modern digital imaging, design, and milling capabilities to condense certain dental procedures that would formerly have required multiple appointments into just a single office visit. We can do this because of our in-house CEREC imaging, design, and milling system. This precludes the need for us to take dental impressions and send them to a dental lab for fabrication of your restorations. This shortens the process to a single visit, and it means our patients don’t have to put up with gooey impression trays.
What Are The Advantages Of Same-Day Crowns And Other Restorations?
We’re all busy. New Yorkers take a certain perverse pride in how over-scheduled we can become. So, who needs to spend an extra one or two appointments at the dentist? Getting a same-day restoration with Dr. Siegelman and Dr. Ng delivers high-quality, beautiful, durable restorations, and we can provide them in a single appointment.
Of course, that saves time. But if you’re a person with anxiety when heading to the dentist, that also makes for a less stressful single appointment rather than a series.
How does Dr. Siegelman and Dr. Ng use the CEREC Primescan system?
Our Primescan imaging system is a nice addition to our CEREC system. The Primescan dynamic-depth scanner allows us to capture full mouth scans in less than a minute with unparalleled image quality. To create its 3D images, the Primescan system consolidates over 50,000 images per second. This makes these images incredibly precise. Primescan then seamlessly links with the CEREC system design and milling stations.
“The folks at Dr. Siegelman’s office are the BEST EVER. Dr. Siegelman takes the time to understand your issues with dentistry, he works with you to overcome any barriers, and his staff is second to NONE.” – Y.G.
How Is Same-Day Dentistry Performed?
The processes for these procedures are the same, but we simply remove the added appointment and delay waiting for the dental lab to create the crown or other prosthetic. Instead, once Dr. Siegelman and Dr. Ng have prepared the tooth or teeth needing the restoration, we use our CEREC Primescan 3D imaging technology to create the impressions of the tooth or teeth. Then we design the crown, inlay or onlay, right in the CEREC system. The data is then sent to the milling station, and CEREC takes a block of dental-grade porcelain and mills the prosthetic. This only takes around 30 minutes. Our team checks the fit and color match of the piece and then permanently places it on your tooth. You’re done, and it took just a single trip to our Midtown office.
How Do Modern Implants Compare To Traditional Implants?
Dental implants are unchallenged as the best replacement for missing teeth. While not practical for replacing a full arch of teeth, implants also provide anchoring for full-arch dentures that commonly have problems with slippage. An implant is named for its screw-shaped titanium base. The implant is placed into the hole formerly occupied by the natural tooth root. The bone then integrates around the implant, making it a part of the bone.
Because of our technology, Dr. Siegelman and Dr. Ng can simplify this process. First, we use our cone beam tomography to provide superior imaging of the patient’s bone. This allows us to determine the best angle and placement of the implant base. When implants are going to be used to anchor full arches of artificial teeth, we can place the four to six implants strategically using the cone beam imaging to find the sites with the best bone density. We can virtually perform the placement of each dental implant and create a surgical guide, which brings precision and ease to the implant procedure.
Now, we’re ready for the procedure. Each patients’ needs are handled individually, and we do our best to condense the implant process and the number of appointments. First, the implant base is placed; we place the abutment onto the base and top it off with the crown that we milled in-house. Our team designs your crown in the CEREC system. The software allows us to use the 3D impressions made with the system’s Primescan imaging system. Once satisfied with the design, we send the data to the CEREC milling station, and it creates the crown.
Is The CEREC Primescan System Safe?
Primescan is a digital intraoral imaging system. Digital systems emit up to 80 percent less radiation than traditional film x-ray systems. To put it in perspective, you receive more radiation from the sun and other natural sources when going through a normal day than you do from a Primescan imaging session.
Will a CEREC Same Day Crown Last Longer than a Traditional Crown?
CEREC crowns are neither superior nor inferior to traditional crowns when it comes to long-term stability. Both types of crowns can last up to 15 years. It isn’t the structure of the crown as much as it is the care that you practice that can sustain your restoration for a prolonged period.
How Should I Take Care of My CEREC Crown?
CEREC crowns, whether made to cover a natural tooth or a dental implant, are easy to maintain. Some of the goals to keep in mind include:
- Attending to the margins of the crown. All crowns fit entirely over the tooth, but do not extend beneath the gums. The margins of the crown meet the gumline, where plaque can accumulate. To prevent this, it’s important to spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth every morning and every night using a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle motion.
- Eliminating hidden debris. Brushing is a critical aspect of oral hygiene with dental crowns, and so is flossing. Plaque can develop at the margins of the gum and also hide just beneath that margin. It’s also possible that food debris can get trapped in between teeth around the crown. Flossing is the practice that complements tooth-brushing for optimal oral health.
- Addressing bruxism. Many people unknowingly clench or grind their teeth when they sleep. If you have a dental crown, the force of these habits can cause accelerated wear and tear. Your dentist can create a mouthguard that fits perfectly over your natural teeth and CEREC crowns, thereby protecting them from the stress of clenching and grinding.
- Maintaining clinical standards. Even if we’ve replaced all of your natural teeth with implants and a full-arch denture, it’s important that you continue to see us every six months. Your natural teeth are only one part of your complete oral health. After you have your CEREC crown or dental implants, we help you maintain them by carefully examining their structural integrity and also by examining your gums for signs of gingivitis or gum disease.
Can I Eat Whatever I Want After Getting CEREC Dental Implant Treatment?
You can eat normally after your dental implant and CEREC restoration have fully settled. If your dentist affixes your new teeth to your dental implants the same day of your implant surgery, your comfort level may dictate how quickly you resume your normal eating habits.
It’s not uncommon to feel sore or tender after receiving dental implants. This is true regardless of whether or not artificial teeth are immediately seated. To manage your recovery, it can be advantageous to prepare some softer foods to eat in the week after your procedure. Nutrient-rich smoothies and soups with soft-cooked vegetables may be appropriate right away after getting dental implants. Additional options include Greek yogurt, mashed potatoes, and applesauce.
Approximately one week after receiving your dental implants and CEREC restoration, you may gradually begin to add additional items into your diet. At this time, you might tolerate minor chewing of soft-cooked vegetables, eggs, and pasta. It may take a few weeks to be ready for foods that require more chewing, such as steak and denser breads like bagels.