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My CEREC Crown Experience

This month we’re going to feature a Guest Blog from one of our patients, Karen Russell. Recently, Karen needed a new crown on one of her molars and she was so impressed with her new CEREC Crown experience, she did a blog for us!

I Received a New Crown in One Appointment at Overland Park Dentistry

Dr. Charles Kimes at Overland Park Dentistry has been my dentist as long as I’ve lived in Kansas City, for over 22 years! I’ve always referred everyone I know to him and that was BEFORE this incredible experience! Here’s what happened…

During a recent visit for my 6-month dental exam, Dr. Kimes scheduled a follow-up appointment for me to get a new crown.

What I didn’t know, was that I would walk out of his office – after that ONE appointment – with my new crown!! In the past, getting a new crown always took several appointments that included goopy impressions, a temporary crown and waiting for my new crown to be made and delivered from the lab. THEN, at another appointment, my new crown would be placed.

I had NO IDEA that this time would be different! I had NO IDEA that the technology that Dr. Kimes offers is SO ADVANCED that my new crown would be made at his office, while I waited and placed IMMEDIATELY thanks to CEREC technology! Check out my CEREC Crown Experience…

Step 1: It’s ALL DIGITAL

By using an intra-oral camera, all the measurements were taken with a digital impression (not a goopy one) to accurately pinpoint the precise dimensions of my tooth and make an almost perfect replica of my natural tooth.

Step 2: It’s REALLY FAST

My new CEREC crown was made while I watched! Check out these videos of the process – it took less than 5 minutes!!

Step 3: It’s a PERFECT FIT

My new crown was permanently placed over my natural tooth and is virtually unnoticeable, because it was customized to match the exact shade of my teeth!

Step 4: It’s DONE

I was out the door and able to resume my day! The best part is … I don’t have to go back for any follow up appointments to get it finished!

Of course, there are a lot more details that go into this process from a dental perspective. But, from a patient perspective … It was simple, fast and done in ONE appointment!!

Thanks, Dr. Kimes AND Team for always taking such incredible care of my teeth!

See You Soon!

The Details…

Karen mentioned some additional details … she’s right! There are a lot more details we could share about the technology of the CEREC same-day crowns that offer as a dental restoration treatment at our office.

Read more about The Details:

CEREC Crown: Technology Giving You a Crown in One Day

Receive a Same Day CEREC Crown at Overland Park Dentistry

Can I Receive a Same Day Crown?

Whether you want to enhance your smile, restore your smile or just need a dental exam and cleaning, Overland Park Dentistry can help! Just give us a call to schedule your appointment.

Local dentist, Dr. Charles R. Kimes, DDS, and his team at Overland Park Dentistry look forward to having the opportunity to care for you and your family with preventativerestorative or cosmetic dentistry. To schedule your dental appointment with your Overland Park Dentist, contact us at our south Overland Park office at (913) 647-8700 or our north Overland Park office at (913) 341-2380.

Receive a Same Day CEREC Crown at Overland Park Dentistry


The Basic Dental Crown

As a basic staple in the arsenal of dental practitioners nationwide, dental crowns have been one of the most familiar dental procedures among the general populace for many years. The purpose of the standard dental crown is to repair a tooth that has sustained sizable damage or has simply decayed over time.

Although primitive, the methodology of the dental crown has proven itself to be an effective solution for restoring broken teeth to their former glory. This is achieved by way of a tooth-shaped cap that is fitted over the top of the tooth, effectively covering the damaged area and preventing any further damage or decay from occurring. This solution not only enables the tooth to become functional once again, but also provides the patient with some often much appreciated aesthetic relief as well.

Despite the obvious benefits of the standard dental crown, it is not without its share of drawbacks or issues as well. Even with its seemingly sturdy nature, the conventional crown has a lifespan of approximately ten years. While certainly the crown’s longevity weighs heavily on the lifestyle of the recipient as well as the amount of proper hygienic treatment it receives regularly, the crown will at some point need to be replaced.

In addition to its impermanent nature, the process of receiving a dental crown has historically shown itself to be a less than desirable experience among some patients, due to the somewhat time consuming and tedious process of receiving the crown. The standard dental crown requires a minimum of two appointments for the crown to be created and applied to the damaged tooth. While the specifications for the new crown are sent to be created in a lab, a temporary crown may be applied to prevent any damage from occurring in the interim. Although designed to serve as a temporary solution, the temporary crowns have caused frustration among patients in the past due to their overall fragility.


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CEREC Crown: A 21st Century Upgrade!

It’s often said that “it’s never too late for an old dog to learn some new tricks” and while that might not always be true, in the case of the trusty old dental crown, this statement couldn’t be more accurate!

As we progress further into the 21st   Century, the conventional dental crown has finally received the long-awaited upgrade that both dentists and patients alike have asked for, with the revolutionary new CEREC technology!

The CEREC or “Chairside Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics” is a new type of dental crown that by way of digital imaging allows dentists to pinpoint the precise dimensions of you new crown, thus creating a seemingly perfect replica of the natural tooth. Indeed, the CEREC crown has received critical acclaim through the dental and medical fields since its inception and has been cited by many experts as offering a glimpse into the future of digitally based medical treatment.

Fascinated by the new technology and determined to provide it for to his patients at Overland Park Dentistry, Dr. Kimes quickly began receiving the necessary training and equipment allowing this to happen! It wasn’t long before the CEREC technology became a big hit amongst his patients, staff, and Dr. Kimes himself, thus becoming one of the most sought-after treatments ever!

“The thing that’s so great about the CEREC technology is how patient oriented it is, it allows me to design a case in my office right alongside the patient!” Dr. Kimes explained.

“Its really something of a collaboration between the patient, the staff and myself, as we all discuss the formation of the crown, and what would be best suited to help the patient.” By eliminating the need for an outside dental lab, the CEREC crown not only offers a much more personalized solution, but also allows the procedure to be fully completed within one single appointment!

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That’s right, no longer will patients have to deal with the hassle of scheduling multiple appointments, or frustration of managing the highly breakable temporary crown, as with one appointment the patient will receive a near flawless and permanent replacement.

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Changing the Dental Industry: One CEREC Crown at A Time!

As the CEREC crown continues to restore the mouths of patients across the country, Dr. Kimes and his staff at Overland Park Dentistry continue to remain busy, offering the CEREC crown and numerous other treatments to their patients to keep them smiling! If you have any questions about the CEREC technology, or are interested in receiving a CEREC crown of your own, feel free to call or stop by our offices and see what CEREC technology can do for you!


Dr. Charles R. Kimes, DDS and his expert team at Overland Park Dentistry look forward to having the opportunity to care for you and your family with any preventativerestorative or cosmetic dental needs you or your family may have. To schedule your dental appointment with your Overland Park Dentist, contact us at our south Overland Park office at (913) 647-8700 or our north Overland Park office at (913) 341-2380.

CEREC Crown: Technology giving you a crown in One Day!



The Future is Now with the CEREC Crown

Although it’s been said many times before, but in this age of iPhones, YouTube, social media, drones, and of course selfies galore, it appears 2018 is the American future we once dreamed of! With the countless new advancements in technology that we have seen in recent years, and continuous new discoveries and innovations on the horizon, the sky’s the limit for what’s yet to come!  While numerous businesses and professional fields have been significantly impacted by this influx of new technology, few have experienced as much change and improvement as the field of professional dentistry. This may come as a surprise to many, given the dental industry age and rather monotonous reputation, however in the 21st century we have learned that it’s never too late for an old dog to learn some new tricks! Thanks to the increasing advancements in technology and improvements and new alternatives to many of the standard procedures, the dental industry as a whole has received a major 21st century upgrade, thus enabling dentists across the country to provide their patients with a quality of care not previously thought possible!

Before the CEREC CROWN | Dental Crowns: A Brief History

As a basic but effective tool in the arsenal of dentists for many years, the standard dental crown, has become one of the most well known and commonly preformed procedures within the profession. As you might already know, the conventional dental crown is a method of repairing and ultimately restoring teeth that sustained damage or simply decayed over a period of time. This is achieved through the use of a crown or tooth-shaped cap that is placed over the top of the tooth, thereby covering and concealing the damaged area. This not only prevents any further damage, but effectively replaces the damaged portion of the tooth, thus restoring it to its former self.

Once fully restored, the newly crowned tooth will provide both a durable and aesthetically pleasing solution. While the final product is truly remarkable, the process of receiving a crown is not always the most desirable experience and has caused something of a headache among patients in the past. When receiving a standard dental crown, the process requires at least two separate appointments, in which the patient would likely have to take time off work or adjust their schedules to accommodate. Additionally, in waiting to receive a conventional crown, the patient would be given a temporary crown to wear between appointments. While certainly necessary in preventing future damage and providing a quick fix, the cumbersome temporary crown has been unpopular with patients in the past. Temporary crowns have been known to break easily, or sometimes to even fall out. Tedious as the process may be, the end result will typically be that of a sturdy and dependable crown to serve as a long-term replacement.

Although the standard crown will certainly prove its worth over time, it’s important to remember that the average lifespan of a regular dental crown is approximately ten years. However this may certainly vary depending on both lifestyle habits and the routine practice of proper oral hygiene by the patient. That said, the conventional crown despite its flaws, is a tried and true solution that has helped patients for many years.       

The Cerec Crown: A New Era

Okay here’s what you’ve all been waiting for! Now imagine a new type of crown that is ecstatically flawless and permanent unlike the standard crown. Image if this crown could be both made and fitted in your mouth in just one single appointment!

Sounds like an imaginary scenario that’s just too good to be true doesn’t it?

Well imagine no more, because this mythical and seemingly flawless new crown is no myth! As the “Chair-side Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics” or “CEREC Crown” is both a very real and highly regarded new procedure that in a short time has received critical acclaim among dentists and patients alike.

As a concept originally conceived by the dental industry during the 1980s, the CEREC crown concept was shelved due to a lack of technology at the time and for years remained little more than a far-fetched proposal for the future. While few expected the CEREC concept to ever come to fruition, as the 21st century saw technology soaring to never before seen heights, the once elusive CEREC crown was now a possibility!

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Where Can I Get a CEREC Crown?

Newly available at Overland Park Dentistry, the CEREC crown is a specially customized dental crown. It is created specifically for you through digital imaging as opposed to simply using goopy dental impressions. This cutting edge digital imagining allows Dr. Kimes to scan the inside of your mouth to accurately pinpoint the precise dimensions of your new crown; and thereby create a near perfect replica of your natural tooth! Once placed over a rotten or broken natural tooth, this masterpiece of modern dentistry provides a permanent replacement. Your CEREC crown is virtually unnoticeable and can even be customized to match the exact shade of your teeth!

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Although considerably stronger, presenting an exponentially improved appearance, many patients consider the convenient process in receiving the CEREC crown to be among their favorite improvements over the conventional crown.

As mentioned previously… unlike the conventional crown, the CEREC crown only requires one appointment to receive, giving you a complete, permanent replacement, and sparing you the hassle of making it to multiple appointments and having to manage a temporary crown.

CEREC Crown: Let’s Make it Happen!

With 2018 in full swing, CEREC technology is red hot and enormously popular! So, if you’re in need of a crown or crown replacement, we have just what you need! Come see Dr. Kimes and his friendly staff at Overland Park Dentistry and see if the one of a kind CEREC crown is right for you!

Dr. Charles R. Kimes, DDS and his expert team at Overland Park Dentistry look forward to having the opportunity to care for you and your family with any preventativerestorative or cosmetic needs you or your family may have. To schedule your dental appointment with your Overland Park Dentist, contact us at our south Overland Park office at (913) 647-8700 or our north Overland Park office at (913) 341-2380.