Dental crowns have been around for a long time now. They are mainly used to cover teeth that are badly damaged, discolored, or need support to prevent them from crumbling. However, much to the delight of our patients, crowns have come a long way from taking multiple visits to the dentist’s office and spending several hours of chair time. You can now get your dental crown done in a single visit to our office with the help of CEREC!
Yes, you read that right. CEREC crowns would be fabricated with better precision than traditional crowns, and are safe, aesthetically pleasing, and patient-friendly. No matter what your dental condition is, such as weak, worn out, chipped, cracked, misshapen or discolored teeth, CEREC crowns can be used to restore such teeth effectively.
What is CEREC?
CEREC is the short form of Chairside Economical Restoration Economical Ceramic. In simple words, CEREC stands for ceramic restorations. It makes use of CAD/CAM technology to mill out restorations with high precision from small blocks of ceramic. The process is so quick that your customized crown would be ready in a matter of a few minutes while you get yourself something to eat or surf through a few YouTube videos.
How Good Are CEREC Crowns?
Since CEREC crowns are manufactured so quickly, it could raise a few doubts in your minds about how good or bad they are. Well, you needn’t worry one bit about it. CEREC crowns are made from the best quality dental grade ceramic which is totally biocompatible. It doesn’t cause damage to the natural tissues of your tooth and blends in perfectly.
Moreover, CEREC uses highly advanced software to mill out the restorations. This makes the crowns fit perfectly on the tooth without altering your natural bite. The color and texture of the crowns would be made to mimic that of your real teeth, which is why they seamlessly blend in with the adjoining teeth. Also, they offer great durability and longevity and strengthen the structure of the tooth they support.
A Notch Above Traditional Crowns
If you have ever got a regular crown done, you would have an idea of how long the process would take. The entire process of screening and cleaning the teeth, conducting tests, taking a mold, sending it to a laboratory, getting a temporary crown for a few days and finally, getting the permanent crown fabricated and bonded on to the teeth would easily take several days, or even weeks.
With CEREC crowns, the chair time is significantly reduced. The steps involved are simple:
- The dentist scans the teeth using the CEREC device. This provides an unlimited number of views of the teeth and mouth for fabricating the crown.
- With the help of Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) software, the dentist designs a 3D model of the restoration with high accuracy. You can get an idea of how the crown would look once you get it done.
- When the design has been finalized after a few minor changes and you’re happy with the way your new restoration looks, it can be fabricated using Computer Aided Milling (CAM).
- The crowns will be polished to match the exact texture and color of the natural teeth and placed over the tooth. It will be secured in place using dental adhesives.
If you’re looking for a quick aesthetic makeover that is going to improve the appearance of your smile and boost your self-confidence, same-day crowns are undoubtedly the ones for you! Get in touch with us to get your customized CEREC crowns today.