(732) 244 - 4114

Posts for tag: cerec

By Signature Smiles, LLC
February 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns   cerec  

Damaged teeth are embarrassing, but modern dentistry has state of the art technology to help you deal with this issue. Dr. Carmela dental crownsLaFalce offers her patients dental crowns at her Toms River, NJ, office to mask unsightly teeth.

Dental Crowns in Toms River, NJ

A dental crown is porcelain or ceramic installation. Unlike veneers, crowns don't just cover the front of your teeth, they're caps that fit over the unattractive teeth. Crowns can be used to replace a missing tooth when your dentist installs a dental bridge over your gums. We offer Cerec crowns, which means that in most cases you'll be able to receive your new crown in a single visit.

What is CEREC? CEREC, which stands for chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics, is a dental technique that uses CAD/CAM technology and 3D imaging right here in our dental office to design and make inlays and onlays, and even dental crowns in just one visit.

There are three steps to getting your unsightly tooth capped:

Your dentist will numb the area surrounding the tooth and begin to prepare the tooth. This is done to reshape the tooth, so it fits under the crown. If there isn't very much natural tooth to begin with, your dentist will use a filling material to build up whatever exists of the natural tooth.

We use a small camera to take images of your tooth, which are immediately uploaded to our computer. From there we can use our computer software to start designing a dental restoration that offers a precise fit based on measurements taken from the 3D images.

Once the restoration is designed, the milling station will go to work creating your crown. To create a superior, realistic and strong restoration to cover over your damaged tooth, a block of porcelain is placed in the milling machine where it is shaped to meet your smile needs.

The permanent crown is cemented over the tooth using a specific type of cement or resin.

Advantages of Crowns

Besides making your smile more aesthetically pleasing, crowns have other advantages:

  • They're used to cover restorative procedures, such as root canals and dental implants.
  • Crowns support fillings that have been dislocated.
  • Several crowns can be used if you have more than one tooth that needs to be covered.
  • They give your teeth reinforcement, therefore, improving your bite and capability to chew.

Oral Care

Improve your dental care by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once before bed. In addition to maintaining a healthy oral regimen, make sure to visit your dentists twice a year for your bi-annual examination.


If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to call (723) 244-4114 to speak with Dr. Carmela LaFalce at her Toms River, NJ, office today!

By Signature Smiles, LLC
February 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

CEREC, Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic, is a computer technology that makes it possible for your dentist to dental crownscreate custom restorations while you sit and wait in the chair. It’s a service that’s now available at Signature Smiles in Toms River, NJ. Discover more about CEREC technology and its cosmetic versus functional benefits for your smile.

What Is CEREC?
CEREC is a system that takes pictures of your teeth then designs a crown or veneer that’s made just for you. The technology is officially called computer-assisted design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD-CAM). After an exam and dental preparation (removing enamel when needed), the dentist takes a digital impression of the tooth. The image is then sent a machine called a milling unit, which carves out the desired tooth restoration. This entire process happens while you’re relaxing in the dentist’s chair. Once the restoration is finished, your Toms River dentist will bond it immediately and make final tooth adjustments as needed.

Is It Valuable Just for Cosmetic Reasons?
Many people like CEREC because they can improve the look of their smile in a matter of hours. But CEREC technology isn't just beneficial for cosmetic reasons. Getting a same-day crown or veneer also benefits the overall function of your teeth. With a classic restoration, you may have to wait a month or more until your dental issue is finally resolved. Your ability to eat, bite and talk properly may be affected during that wait. It's best to get the tooth fixed immediately.

Fast and Reliable Results
Dentists and patients like CEREC because it gives quality results in a short period of time. There's no need to wait weeks or months to get your smile issues fixed—just one visit is all that’s necessary. Also, the CAD-CAM computer technology is generally more accurate than having the crown or veneer designed by a human technician.

Call for a CEREC Treatment
CEREC is a dental technology that is now available at Signature Smiles in Toms River, NJ. Call (732) 244-4114 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Carmela LaFalce.

Carmela LaFalce, DMD
Dentist - Toms River
616 Washington St
Toms River, NJ 08753

Request Appointment

Our office has flexible hours to fit your busy schedule