CEREC® is an acronym for Chair-side Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic. The technology delivers same-day dental restorations with computer-aided design and manufacturing.Are CEREC® restorations like same-day crowns the future of dentistry? General information about this type of dental restoration suggests yes. Here are important things you should know about CEREC® crowns.A patient usually needs two…
CEREC® Crowns vs. Traditional
Thanks to advances in technology, CEREC® crowns are available to treat various dental conditions. You should not have to live with tooth pain or embarrassing cosmetic issues. Crowns have been around for centuries to provide relief. If you are ready to do something about your oral health problems, it is helpful to compare traditional crowns and CEREC options.
Why people get crowns
Whether from injury or poor dental habits, teeth can suffer damage. Crowns are an effective way to repair issues or to keep problems from escalating. People often have this treatment to keep cracked teeth from breaking apart. In this case, the crown supports the tooth and prevent further damage. This restorative care is always a good way to seal a tooth that had severe tooth decay. Crowns are also useful for cosmetic reasons. They can cover blemishes, such as discoloration or chips.
Before getting CEREC crowns or the traditional variety, the dentist will examine the patient’s teeth and mouth. The patient and dentist will discuss whether this treatment makes sense. With traditional crowns, the dentist then takes X-rays and makes impressions. A technician takes these and makes a porcelain or ceramic crown at a lab, where the crown should be ready in two or three weeks. At the next visit, the dentist shaves part of the tooth so the crown will fit. The crown is then cemented into place.
With CEREC® crowns, the process is much faster. There is no need to wait a few weeks or go into the office multiple times. Using computer technology, the dentist makes digital impressions. This information goes into a system that makes the crown in the office while the patient waits.
Doing away with temporary crowns
Because there is a waiting period with traditional crowns, most dentists will place a temporary cap on the damaged tooth. Made of resin, the temporary crown can be uncomfortable and difficult to get used to. With CEREC crowns, this temporary cap is unnecessary because the patient gets the permanent crown during the first appointment.
CEREC® crowns are made from a ceramic block. There are benefits of using this material, but it is not as strong as other options. Traditional crowns, conversely, may come in either ceramic, porcelain, metal or porcelain fused to metal. The latter is the most durable of the bunch.
Traditional crowns and CEREC crowns both offer the patient a natural-looking solution. It will be virtually impossible to tell whether a person has a CEREC cap. When the patient gets a porcelain or ceramic traditional crown, it will look just like the surrounding teeth as well. The dentist can choose the right color shade to enhance the patient’s smile.
Choose wisely between CEREC® crowns and traditional ones
Study how both traditional and CEREC crowns work. There are differences and similarities with these treatments, so talk to your dentist to decide which is right for your needs. Stop living with painful conditions or challenging cosmetic flaws. Take control of your looks and health by getting a crown today.
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