Have you ever needed a dental crown to restore a damaged tooth? Whether you’re familiar with the process of receiving crowns or you’re getting your first crown ever, it’s not exactly the smoothest process out there. Traditionally, they take a long time to create, the fabrication requires uncomfortable putty material and there’s risk for the crown not fitting properly, forcing the dentist to start over.
However, same-day crowns through CEREC remove these inconveniences and more. Keep reading to learn the details of CEREC crowns and how they can improve your next restorative treatment!
The Benefits of CEREC
The CEREC machine allows dentists to capture detailed, 3D images of your tooth and fabricate custom-made crowns entirely in the office. Thanks to this feature, you don’t have to worry about the gripes of receiving a crown the traditional way. Just a few of the notable benefits of CEREC include:
- Natural-looking aesthetics
- Full biocompatibility
- Greater precision and more accurate crowns
- Easier care after placement
- No need for temporary crowns
- Quicker turnaround
One of the most notable aspects of CEREC crowns is their high level of customization and design, a feature that would typically be exclusive to a dental lab offsite. Instead of relying on a separate individual to create your crown, the task can be given back to the dentist. It’s the perfect way to keep your treatment plan entirely in office and reduce the risk of miscommunication among dental professionals and manufacturers.
The Process of CEREC
CEREC utilizes CAD/CAM technology in order to create highly-detailed dental crowns. CAD/CAM stands for computer-aided design and manufacture. To capture images of your tooth, the dentist takes a digital wand attached to the CEREC machine and carefully captures many images, which are compiled to produce a 3D image of your tooth. Think of this as a “digital impression”, which means you won’t need to use that gray, putty-like material typically found in dental offices.
With this data, dentists can create a crown that’s sure to fit over your natural tooth as closely as possible. After making any necessary adjustments, the dentist turns the machine on so fabrication can begin. In about an hour, your crown will be made and fitted.
CEREC Crowns vs. Traditional Crowns
One of the most notable ways that CEREC crowns differ from traditional crowns is that they require less removal of tooth structure to place. This is always a more desirable situation, especially for a holistic dentist. Maintaining as much of your natural tooth structure as possible is crucial because no prosthetic dental device is as effective for daily use as your natural teeth. Additionally, CEREC crowns only use ceramic materials. That means there is no risk of a metal crown causing problems with your mouth later down the line.
Ready to experience the difference CEREC crowns have to offer? Schedule an appointment with our office today to get your smile restored!
About the Author
Dr. Williams Langston earned his dental degree from the Baylor College of Dentistry. As a holistic dentist, he cares deeply about the overall well-being of his patients, not just their oral health. He’s also trained to design and create CEREC crowns. To learn more about his practice, you can contact him through his website.