If you have a badly decayed or damaged tooth, a dental crown may the best solution for you. Traditional lab-created crowns can be the right choice in some scenarios, but more and more dentist and patients are turning to CEREC same day crowns instead. Depending on who you ask, CEREC stands for either CERamic REConstruction or Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Either way, CEREC same day crowns are revolutionizing dentistry. Here are 3 reasons why.
Convenience is consistently ranked as a top reason for patients to choose a CEREC same day crown. A lab-created crown requires two appointments. First, your dentist will fix any problems with the tooth and prepare it to receive the crown. You will then have impressions taken and sent to the lab, and you will leave the office with a temporary crown. You will return to the office a few days or weeks later, when your finished crown is ready.
CEREC lets us repair and prepare the tooth as normal and then take digital impressions. The impressions are fed into a specialized computer where 3-D CAD (computer aided design) software creates a model of your new crown. The design then goes to our in-office milling machine, which uses a block of color matched porcelain to create your final, customized crown. We will place the crown in your mouth before you leave, with no need for a second appointment.
Porcelain over metal crowns are reasonably aesthetic, but they are nowhere near perfect. It is difficult to make porcelain look exactly like dental enamel when a metal frame is behind it, and it is not uncommon for a thin line of exposed metal to show along the gum line.
Fabricated completely from dental porcelain, CEREC same day crowns more naturally replicate the look of dental enamel. Without a metal frame, there is no risk of showing metal along the gum line.
3. Strength and Durability
CEREC same day crowns are crafted from durable, strong, stain resistant dental porcelain. Thanks to CAD technology, the fit is generally more precise and secure than that of a crown created in a dental lab. Chemically bonded to the tooth, the biocompatible dental porcelain more closely resembles the natural makeup of the tooth enamel. On average, CEREC same day crowns are 18 percent stronger than crowns that are created in a dental lab. In addition, you will not need to struggle with an ill-fitting, tough to wear temporary crown while awaiting your final restoration.
Of course, like any other dental procedure, CEREC same day crowns are not the right solution for everyone. For many patients, though, CEREC crowns improve both aesthetics and functionality while minimizing the time you spend sitting in the dentist’s chair.
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