August 29, 2016
We dentists place millions of dental crowns every year. Using dental crowns, we can restore teeth with large cavities; restore teeth after root canals; cover teeth with chips, breaks or or heavy stains. Dental crowns are one of the most versatile and widely used tools in dentistry. That’s why we invested in technology to restore your crowns in one day. The technology is called CEREC, and it includes all the necessary equipment so we can give you permanent crowns right here in our office.
Today I want to share my guide to CEREC same-day crowns. You’ll learn how we use CEREC to restore your smile and why CEREC is so convenient.
1. Place crowns in one visit. CEREC includes special CAD/CAM digital technology and a milling station — which means we can prepare your teeth, take impressions, and place a permanent restoration in one day. Most dental offices complete crown procedures in two visits. They prepare the tooth one day, take an impression, place a temporary crown … and then you return a few weeks later for your permanent crown. Instead of scheduling two visits, you can use CEREC and have your crown procedure finished in about 90 minutes.
2. No temporary crowns. If you’ve had a crown before, you probably had to wear a temporary crown while your permanent restoration was being crafted. Temporary crowns are typically made from acrylic material and are generally smaller than your permanent crown. I hear a lot of complaints about temporary crowns. Patients don’t like the look or feel of the temporary crown, and the crowns are more likely to dislodge. A crown procedure is a fairly common dental procedure. The last thing we dentists want is for a crown — permanent or temporary — to dislodge in the mouth and cause the patient additional stress or trauma.
3. Accurate impressions means more accurate crown. Our CEREC system uses digital impressions, which are then sent to a special milling machine. Most dental offices use goopy materials to take impressions. This goopy impressions are uncomfortable for patients, and it’s possible to have an error in the impression. By using digital technology, our impressions are extremely accurate. This means your crown will have a better fit. The fit of a crown is important. An ill-fitting crown is more likely to dislodge. Crowns that are too big or too small can also increase your chances of cavities.
4. Strong, durable restorations. CEREC crowns are fabricated from a block of ceramic material. This isn’t the case for all dental crowns. Some dentists still use materials fused to metal. Metal-based crowns are strong, but patients almost always develop a black line near their gum line. There are 17 shades available so we can perfectly match your smile. An all-ceramic crown is also less likely to crack or fracture.
5. No dealing with a dental lab. This is bright spot for our dental office, but it’s also important for the patient. It’s possible for dentists to work with a dental laboratory and still get a crown that doesn’t fit the patient. In that case, the dentist has to send the restoration back to the lab. This, of course, adds more time to your treatment. With CEREC, we can adjust the crowns on site, eliminating the need for additional treatment time.
Our office is here to help patients get the care they need. CEREC dental crowns are durable, strong and can be placed at your convenience. Don’t wait around to fix your dental problems. Call our office today at 828-355-5673.