Modern-day dentistry has allowed for the evolution of CEREC® dental crowns, which are great restoration options for damaged teeth. CEREC® crowns involve the use of CAD/CAM technology, which essentially custom creates a dental crown in as little as an hour. Because CEREC® technology is relatively new to dentistry, many people still have questions regarding how the…
CEREC Crowns Can Protect and Restore Remaining Healthy Tooth Structure
A dental crown is often recommended for a patient who has a broken or otherwise damaged tooth, and a CEREC® crown may be a good option for patients who need a new crown quickly. Patients who receive a Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics crown benefit from the dentist’s training in computer-assisted design and manufacturing to create images of the tooth in question to design a new crown that will fit naturally into the patient’s smile.
How is a CEREC® crown made?
Patients often have to wait up to two weeks to receive a new crown if it is made by traditional methods. Usually, images or impressions would be taken first. The dental office would likely send these impressions away to a lab to create a crown, which may take up to two weeks.
When the traditional method is used, the patient needs to schedule two appointments in total: one for the impression or imaging and one for the placement of the crown after it is sent to the dental office. In contrast, CEREC® crowns can be manufactured in-office as the patient waits and can be applied during the same appointment.
The imaging process
The dentist will use an intraoral camera to take pictures of the patient’s tooth or the remaining tooth structure to create a computer-assisted model for the CEREC® crown. After the images are taken, the computer sends them to a 3D printer, which manufactures a 3D model of the new crown out of ceramic material based on the image of the tooth. The tooth receiving the crown must be cavity-free and otherwise healthy, even if it is broken, to ensure that there will be no complications or infection after the crown is placed.
The application process
If the tooth in question is broken, the dentist may file down the rest of the tooth structure to create a solid resting place for the new crown. The completed crown is fixed to the patient’s tooth with cement; after the placement, there will be time for it to harden before the patient leaves the dental office. If the crown needs to be shade-matched to the tooth, this can be completed during the end of the appointment as well. The crown, like traditionally manufactured crowns, can last up to 15 years and is similarly durable.
What are the other benefits of CEREC® crowns?
This time-effective procedure can save patients from making extra appointments and waiting weeks for repaired teeth, but choosing these crowns has other benefits, as well. Because it does not have a dark, metallic center, a CEREC® crown may better match the tooth and surrounding teeth. It is made of ceramic, so it is durable, safe, and can be cleaned normally with the rest of the patient’s smile.
Patients who need a new crown to restore the remainder of a healthy tooth can benefit from CEREC® crowns that are made chairside and applied quickly within a single dental appointment. If you have questions about whether this type of crown is the correct solution to a dental issue, speak with a licensed dentist for a personalized recommendation.
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