Dental crowns are one of the most common dental procedures. Sometimes large cavities and other dental issues require a dental crown. A crown is a cap for a tooth. It goes over the visible portion of the tooth and covers up the damaged or weakened portions. It also protects the dental work that was done and keeps the tooth safe from further damage.
If you need a new crown for your tooth, your dentist will generally have two options for you: a traditional crown or a Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC) crown. Both have many benefits, but more and more people are opting for CEREC crowns. But what is the difference, and why should you choose one over the other?
Most people are familiar with traditional crowns, which can be made of ceramic, resin, metal or porcelain fused to metal. Metal is one of the strongest options, but the metallic look makes it look unnatural. Porcelain is a good option for those wanting a more natural look, but porcelain is not very durable and can chip and break easily. Ceramic crowns can be matched to existing teeth, so they are preferred for the front teeth. Resin crowns are a budget-friendly option, but they are more prone to fractures, so they have to be replaced often.
CEREC crowns are made of a solid block of ceramic, making them very durable. CEREC is a versatile process, since the materials can also be used to make fillings and veneers. However, the biggest benefit of CEREC crowns is they can be made right in your dentist’s office, in just a couple hours. Unlike traditional crowns, you don’t have to wait several weeks for your crown to be made in a lab. You don’t have to deal with an uncomfortable temporary crown. You can get a permanent CEREC crown in just one visit, making it easy and convenient.
Are CEREC crowns right for you? Each person is different, so your best bet is to speak to the friendly staff at Breeze Dental and see what they would suggest. Understanding your dentist’s skill and experience using CEREC is important. CEREC crowns may or may not cost more than traditional crowns, and may not be as durable, so you should choose the material and option that is right for you.
CEREC crowns are created using computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing. This innovative technology involves the use of an intraoral scanner to take pictures of your teeth. These pictures will then be used to create a digital impression that will be used to make a crown that is specially designed to fit your mouth.
After the impression is taken, the dentist uses special CAD/CAM software to create the crown. Based on the model, the dentist creates your CEREC crown by milling from a ceramic block. No metal is involved, but CEREC crowns are still very durable. A milling machine is used to make your crown. This process takes just 15 minutes. The milled crown is then shaded by the dentist to match the exact color of your natural teeth. Finally, the crown is bonded to your tooth. The dentist can make adjustments as needed and the fit is better since you are in the dentist’s chair the entire time.
All of this takes place in just one convenient appointment. You don’t need to come in for separate appointments for prep work or follow-up visits. Just one convenient visit and you’re done!
One of the biggest benefits of CEREC crowns is that they are convenient. They can be completed in just one two-hour appointment, so you don’t have to miss multiple days of work. This is convenient for those with busy lives as well as those who suffer from anxiety in the dentist’s chair.
You can even save money by using CEREC same-day dental crowns. You go to just one appointment instead of two. Plus, with proper care, your crown can last a long time, which means fewer replacements.
Because of this convenience, you can enjoy a better smile right away. You don’t have to worry about temporary crowns, which can fall out or break. You get a permanent crown in just hours, restoring your self-confidence.
Unlike traditional crowns, getting a CEREC crown is mess-free. No plaster casts or messy impressions are needed. Everything is done with computer technology, making the process simple.
Also, CEREC crowns are made of ceramic, so they look and feel like real teeth. 3D imaging technology ensures accurate color and fit. They are very comfortable, unlike temporary crowns, which can come loose.
Because CEREC crowns do not come loose, they keep decay at bay. Temporary crowns can sometimes cause further tooth decay, so with CEREC crowns, your teeth stay healthier. You also get to keep more of your healthy tooth, since the process allows the dentist to preserve a larger amount of healthy tooth material.
CEREC dental crowns can last a long time. With good oral hygiene, CEREC crowns can last 5-15 years. Other dental crowns may fail earlier, which means you won’t have to replace them as often.
Be careful after getting a CEREC crown. While same-day dental crowns are very durable, they can be sensitive after they are placed on your tooth. You may want to avoid chewy or sticky foods for a few days. Oral hygiene is important, so be sure to brush and floss your teeth as normal. Crowned teeth can develop decay near the gum line. You may be given a fluoride mouthwash or a special toothpaste to help with sensitivity.
Are you looking for dental crowns that can be done quickly and easily? If so, Breeze Dental can help. We offer CEREC dental crowns/same-day dental crowns for those looking for a convenient way to restore a damaged tooth. Contact us today to see if CEREC dental crowns are the right choice for your mouth. Schedule a consultation by calling (703) 273-5545 today.