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By Jeffery J. Johnson & Jodi B. Johnson DDS
November 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

In the past, if your dentist suggested a crown for your damaged or weakened tooth, there was a good chance that you would need to dental crownsschedule two separate appointments to allow time for your dentist and the laboratory to collaborate to create your custom-made restoration. However, you can now cut out the long laboratory waiting times and minimize your amount of dental visits with same-day crowns. Find out more about same-day crowns and what they can do for you with Dr. Jeffery Johnson and Dr. Jodi Johnson in St. Louis, MO.

What are same-day crowns? 
Same-day crowns use CAD/CAM technology to eliminate the laboratory step usually required for traditional porcelain dental restorations. This technology allows your dentist to design, create, and place a dental crown in a single day rather than several separate appointments. The process uses a system with a wand, which takes a 3D model of the mouth, a computer program, where your dentist designs the crown, and a machine, which carves the crown out of a block of ceramic.

The Benefits of Same-Day Crowns 
Same-day crowns are made using quality materials, ensuring the crown is durable and can hold up to everyday use. The system used for same-day crowns eliminates the laboratory step, also eliminating the fees associated with it and the time it takes for a laboratory to create the crown by hand. The time saved also means no need to take an extra appointment’s worth of time off work or school.

Same-Day Crowns in St. Louis, MO
Crowns can restore a broken or damaged tooth, allowing you to eat and speak with ease, all while looking great. Crowns are made from porcelain, a material which closely mimics the natural teeth’s color and light-reflecting properties, ensuring a natural, subtle appearance.

For more information on same-day crowns, please contact Dr. Jeffery Johnson and Dr. Jodi Johnson in St. Louis, MO. Call (314) 427-7400 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Jeffery J. Johnson & Jodi B. Johnson DDS
March 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If you have a busy life, you probably don't want to spend more time than necessary in the dentist's office. Luckily, CEREC crowns and dental crownsrestorations offer same-day results. Dr. Jeffery Johnson and  Dr. Jody Johnson in St. Louis, MO, discuss the CEREC difference.

No more temporary crowns

When you receive a porcelain crown, one visit must be dedicated to preparing your tooth and taking an impression of your mouth. Because your new crown must be created in a dental laboratory, you'll need to cover your tooth with a temporary crown while you wait for the lab to complete the permanent crown. In most cases, you'll wait two weeks or more until you can receive your new crown and must return to the office for another appointment.

CEREC crowns only require one visit. During your visit to Drs. Jeffrey and Lori Johnson's St. Louis office, your tooth will be prepared and an impression of your teeth will be made. The CEREC system uses digital images to make impressions. After uploading the image to the CEREC software program, the dentists will have all the information they need to design your new crown.

Once the crown is ready to be produced, the design information will be sent to a milling machine located in the office. The machine takes a block of ceramic and creates a crown that blends in with the rest of your smile perfectly. In just about a half-hour after your impression is made, you'll have a brand new crown.

Not just crowns

The CEREC system can also be used for other restorations, such as inlays, onlays and veneers. Inlays and onlays are used when you need a very large filling. Inlays fit inside the edges of your teeth, while onlays extend beyond them. These restorations are usually created in a lab, but thanks to CEREC, they can now be made dental offices. Since CEREC inlays and onlays are tooth-colored, no one will even know that you have a filling. CEREC can also be used to design and create veneers, thin, tooth-shaped shells that are attached to the fronts of teeth to cover flaws.

Could you benefit from a CEREC crown or restoration? Call Drs. Jeffrey and Lori Johnson in St. Louis, MO, at (314) 427-7400 to schedule your appointment.

By Jeffery J. Johnson & Jodi B. Johnson DDS
February 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

When a tooth has been damaged by decay or has been experienced trauma, it sometimes requires a dental crown. A crown is a custom-dental crownsmade covering that fits over an entire tooth until the gum line. Dr. Jeffery Johnson or Dr. Jody Johnson, your St. Louis, MO, dentists, can examine each patient and determine whether CEREC restorations are the answer for their damaged tooth.

What are CEREC Restorations?

With the help of CAD/CAM hi-tech equipment, CEREC restorations can be achieved in just one dental visit. Professional dental restorations can be made in just minutes. There is no need for two or three visits or a temporary crown that stays in place for weeks while a dental laboratory custom-makes your restoration. These restorations are convenient and successful as they are precise because of the use of advanced technology.

The CEREC Process

A dentist will first remove any decay present on the tooth and shape it so that it will fit perfectly with this new crown. The tooth is given a dusting of reflective powder and is then scanned to get digital pictures inside the patient’s mouth. The computer will then generate a 3D model of the teeth in just seconds.

While you wait, your new crown will be created using software that can mirror the image that was taken of your tooth. The ceramic material used also aims to match the shade of your teeth. Once your dentist determines the fit is right, any additional aesthetic changes are made. Lastly, the crown is bonded to the tooth.

What a St. Louis Dentist Can Do For Your Teeth

After a comprehensive dental examination, your dentists in St. Louis, MO, can determine whether or not CEREC same day crowns work for your oral health situation. In order to schedule an appointment today, call (314) 427-7400.

By JJ Johnson DDS, PC
May 15, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: CEREC  

CERECWhile traditional restorative dentistry from your average St. Louis dentist can provide you with beautiful results, the amount of time these procedures take can also provide quite the hassle. Not only do you often have to visit your dentist multiple times, but you typically have to wait a couple of weeks until your new crowns, inlays or onlays are ready as well. Talk about inconvenient!

Thankfully, when you visit Jeffery Johnson, DDS and Jodi Johnson, DDS in St. Louis for your restorative dentistry, you have an option that is much quicker, easier and more efficient: CEREC restorations.

What is CEREC?

CEREC, which stands for "Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic," is an exciting new dental technology that allows your St. Louis dentists to perform common restorative dentistry procedures in a fraction of the time by creating the restorations in office during a single appointment. Whether you need fillings, inlays, onlays, crowns or veneers, you no longer have to wait.

How Does CEREC Work?

The CEREC process requires four steps. First, your dentist will examine and clean your teeth to remove any existing decay and assess the damages. Secondly, your dentist will take a picture of your prepared tooth, which will be uploaded to the CEREC machine.

At this point, your dentist would typically send the impressions to the laboratory. With CEREC, however, this step is eliminated completely, saving both you and your dentist time and hassle. Your dentist will use the CEREC machine to create your filling, crown or veneers, and then simply print the new device to the in-office milling machine right then and there. The milling process generally only takes between ten and twenty minutes, and once it is complete, your dentist can attach your new, permanent filling, crown or veneers right then and there.

What Advantage Does CEREC Offer?

The biggest advantages CEREC offers are the amount of time and number of office visits saved. The advantages don't stop there, however. CEREC also requires less drilling, fewer injections, and less tooth loss. You don't have to deal with temporaries, and your doctor has the ability to quickly remake your crowns, fillings and veneers should anything happen to the ones you have.

Don't make several visits to your St. Louis dentist for restorative dentistry over the course of several weeks. Make a visit to see Drs. Johnson and Johnson for a beautiful CEREC restoration you'll be proud to call your own!

By Jeffrey J. Johnson & Jodi B. Johnson, DDS
December 29, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

CEREC Dental CrownsRestoring your smile is easy when it can be done in a single visit.

Whether your tooth has been damaged by severe decay or a traumatic accident, one thing is certain: you want to find a treatment that can restore your tooth’s proper function and aesthetic appeal. A cracked or damaged tooth doesn’t make for a confident smile, and restorative dentistry in St. Louis offers CEREC dental crowns to bring your tooth back to life.
So what are CEREC dental crowns? CEREC technology consists of a camera, computer and milling machine used for fabricating your dental crown. With the use of CAD/CAM technology, your dentist can quickly design and create a crown that will look and feel just like the rest of your smile.
Interested in finding out more about this restorative technology? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

Here are some facts about CEREC dental crowns that perhaps you didn’t know:

  • While this treatment is new and revolutionary, the CEREC software has actually helped dentists for over 30 years. From creating digital impressions of your smile to virtual models, CEREC technology has been a leader within restorative dentistry.
  • Standard dental crowns usually take two separate visits to complete, but with CEREC technology, you can get your permanent crown in just one visit. This same efficient feature can be used for placing dental implants, as well. The CEREC technology designs the dental implant’s crown all while you’re in the dental chair.
  • A digital 2D photo of your gorgeous face can be uploaded into the software to produce a 3D image that will allow you and your dentist to preview what your final smile will look like before your procedure.
  • Worried about aesthetics? Now you don’t have to. CEREC technology mimics the look of a natural tooth right down to the shading and translucency. The CAD/CAM technology also ensures that the unique rigging and contouring that you find in a natural tooth can also be applied to your dental crown.
  • CEREC has restored over 28 million teeth, is backed by over 250 scientific studies and has a long-term success rate of 95 percent.

Call Jeffrey J. Johnson & Jodi B. Johnson, DDS Today!

If you want to find out if dental crowns in St. Louis are right for you, then call our office. We would be happy to setup a consultation and talk to you about this amazing technology. You’ll love your new CEREC-restored smile!
Are you a patient of Jeffrey J. Johnson & Jodi B. Johnson, DDS? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below!