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By Denise A. Perrotta DMD
March 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Did you know that it's no longer necessary to visit the dentist two times if you need a crown? When you choose a CEREC crown, you'll cereconly need one appointment. Our Winston-Salem, NC, dentist, Dr. Denise Perrotta, discuss the CEREC process.

CEREC crowns are created in our office

Porcelain and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns must be crafted in dental laboratories. Because the laboratories serve dentists from all over the Winston-Salem area, it generally takes about two weeks from the time a tooth is prepared until you receive your crown.

In the interim, you'll wear a temporary crown that's much less durable than a permanent restoration. You'll have to floss very carefully and avoid hard, tough or sticky foods that can damage or dislodge your crown. You'll then have to miss another few hours out of your day to return to the dentist's office for your new crown.

The CEREC process offers a much convenient alternative. When you visit our office, we'll reduce the size of your tooth, then take a digital image of your mouth. If your past impressions have involved messy putty, you'll appreciate the digital method. Digital imaging only takes seconds, while putty impressions must remain in your mouth for about three minutes.

Normally, you'd go home and wait for your next appointment at this stage in the process. Instead, you'll remain in our office while we use the special CEREC software to design your new crown. Once this step is complete, we'll send the design to the milling machine in our office. The milling machine takes a block of resin or ceramic and removes layers to create your crown. The result is an attractive restoration that looks completely natural when attached to your tooth.

Once your CEREC crown is ready, the fit will be checked and adjustments made if necessary. Problems with crowns aren't common, but they can occur occasionally. If your porcelain crown doesn't fit properly, you'll spend another two weeks wearing a temporary crown. Should a fit issue occur with a CEREC crown, you'll only need to spend a little more time at the office while a new crown is produced.

CEREC crowns eliminate the wait. If you're interested in learning if a CEREC crown is a good choice for you, schedule an appointment with Winston-Salem, NC, dentist, Dr. Perrotta, by calling (336) 760-9258.

By Denise A. Perrotta DMD
April 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Thanks to innovative cosmetic dentistry treatments, you don't have to accept a smile that's less than perfect. cosmetic dentistryWinston Salem, NC, dentist Dr. Denise Perrotta explains how teeth whitening, veneers or one-day crowns can transform your smile.

Teeth whitening

It may have taken a few years for your teeth to have become dull or stained, but your smile can be renewed in as little as one hour when you visit Dr. Perrotta's Salem office for teeth whitening treatment. Teeth whitening is ever effective at removing extrinsic stains, the stains that affect the enamel of your teeth.

Hydrogen peroxide gel bleaches stains from your teeth quickly and safely. Although hydrogen peroxide is also the effective ingredient in many over-the-counter whitening kits, the dentist uses stronger concentrations that produce quicker results. Depending on the condition of your teeth, you may see a three to eight shade difference after your treatment.


Dental veneers are one of the most popular and versatile cosmetic dentistry options available today. The thin porcelain shells conceal imperfections but are equally effective in closing small gaps, lengthening teeth and hiding discolored areas. Veneers are a good choice if you want to change the look of your smile, but don't want to undergo any complicated dental procedures. Since veneers are only attached to the fronts of teeth, preparation for them is simple and just requires the buffing of your teeth to make a lasting impression. Veneers are available in many shades of white and are attached using dental cement.

One-day crowns

Getting a crown used to involve making two trips to the dental office. During the first visit, your tooth is filed and an impression is made of your mouth. After the visit, you went home and waited a few weeks for the dental laboratory to finish your new crown. When you choose CEREC one-day crowns, you'll only need one visit. Dr. Perrotta uses the CEREC system's CAD/CAM software to design your crown, then mills it in her office, eliminating the need for a dental laboratory.

Could you benefit from one of these cosmetic dentistry treatments? Call Winston Salem, NC, dentist Dr. Denise Perrotta at (336) 760-9258 to schedule your appointment.

By Denise A. Perrotta, D.M.D.
May 31, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Find out how this restoration will be able to fix a broken tooth.

Imagine a world in which the only way to treat a damaged tooth was to remove it. Unfortunately, this was common Dental Crownspractice until modern dentistry discovered that a dental crown could actually protect the tooth and prevent it from needing to be extracted. If your Winston Salem, NC dentist Dr. Denise Perrotta has recommended a dental crown, find out more about this restoration and how it can improve your smile.

What is a dental crown?

This dental restoration looks just like the crown of a natural tooth. This hollow artificial restoration is designed to fit over your tooth to strengthen it and restore function. Crowns can also improve the aesthetics of a tooth by changing the shape, color or size of it.

There are different kinds of crowns to choose from and your Winston Salem cosmetic dentist will be able to tell you which one will better suit your needs. Sometimes a metal amalgam crown is recommended, especially for protecting teeth like molars that sustain more chewing pressure, but tooth-colored crowns made from porcelain are more aesthetically ideal for front teeth, which are more visible when smiling.

How does it help a damaged tooth?

A dental crown is made from strong, resilient material like porcelain or metal amalgam and when it is cemented over a tooth it provides additional coverage and protection against damage. Of course, a weak or damaged tooth may only get more damaged over time, but a dental crown is designed to prevent this from happening.

How does a tooth become damaged?

There are many factors that may affect the health of your tooth. The most common causes of dental damage include:

  • Decay
  • Infection
  • Direct impact or trauma

If decay is so severe or large that a filling won’t be able to support the tooth then your cosmetic dentist in Winston Salem, NC will recommend getting a dental crown.

If you’re dealing with dental damage there is no reason to worry. Our Winston-Salem cosmetic dentist Dr. Perrotta is here to restore your beautiful smile. Call today to schedule your appointment.


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