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Crowns And Bridges Specialist

Howe Dental Associates

General Dentistry & Dental Implants Specialist located in Passaic, NJ

Thanks to oral prosthetics like crowns and bridges, you can easily repair cracks, chips, or gaps in your teeth and smile. At Howe Dental Associates in Passaic, New Jersey, Michael Weiner, DDS, proudly offers both same-day crowns and same-day bridges using the CEREC® system. To learn more about this cutting-edge technology that saves both time and money, call the office or click the online booking tool to request your appointment today.

Crowns and Bridges

What is a crown?

A crown is a tooth-shaped covering that fully replaces the portion of your tooth that sits above the gumline. Dr. Weiner might recommend a crown to repair:

  • Weakened teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Decaying teeth
  • Discolored teeth

If you’re missing one or multiple teeth, Dr. Weiner might also use crowns to hold a dental bridge in place. This involves Dr. Weiner bonding your bridge to your permanent teeth on either side of a gap. 

What is the process for getting a CEREC same-day crown?

At Howe Dental Associates, Dr. Weiner offers same-day crowns using the CEREC system. CEREC uses state-of-the-art modeling technology to design and mill custom restorations in just one appointment.

First, Dr. Weiner performs an oral exam to determine how much of your tooth structure is remaining. If there’s significant decay or damage, you can benefit from a crown. Dr. Weiner administers a local anesthetic and prepares your tooth to receive the crown. 

After filing down your tooth, Dr. Weiner takes a series of 3D impressions. He uploads your impressions into the CEREC 3D software, which converts the image into a 3D virtual model of your prepared tooth. 

After Dr. Weiner develops a virtual model of your tooth, he inputs it into the milling machine. The milling machine selects a ceramic block that closely mimics the color of your teeth and creates your restoration. 

Once your restoration is complete, Dr. Weiner polishes and bonds it to your tooth, a process that takes 45-60 minutes. 

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is an oral prosthetic used to fill a gap caused by missing teeth. 

If your missing only one tooth and your surrounding teeth are healthy, Dr. Weiner attaches the bridge to your surrounding teeth. However, If your missing tooth is surrounded by damaged teeth, Dr. Weiner might first install implants. After installing your implants, he can attach your bridge to them using crowns. 

What is the process for getting a CEREC same-day bridge?

Getting a CEREC same-day bridge is very similar to getting a CEREC same-day crown. 

First, Dr. Weiner performs an oral exam, reviews your health history, and discusses your aesthetic goals. If you have healthy teeth and gums, Dr. Weiner can move forward with treatment.

Next, he takes digital impressions of your teeth and uploads them to the CEREC 3D software. Dr. Weiner uses a virtual model of your teeth to develop a custom bridge. After inputting the necessary information, the CEREC milling machine manufactures a dental bridge on-site. 

Once the machine finishes creating your bridge, Dr. Weiner administers a local anesthetic and cements it in place. 

Thanks to the CEREC system you can receive a crown or bridge in just one appointment, as opposed to two or three. Make your appointment at Howe Dental Associates today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.