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How CEREC® Crowns Different From Traditional Dental Crowns
Many dental patients know that they usually have to wait to have a new dental crown fitted, but CEREC® crowns offer a new and exciting alternative. These machine-made crowns can be made and placed within the same dental office visit, eliminating the need for a temporary crown while you wait for a traditional crown to be made. With that said, it is important for patients to understand the differences between traditional and CEREC® crowns before making a decision.
What is a CEREC® crown?
CEREC® stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Despite this crown type’s unwieldy full name, a CEREC® crown can help to streamline the process and restore a patient’s smile in a single dental visit. The dentist will take a digital impression of a patient’s teeth by using a 3D camera. The image data is sent to an in-office machine that molds the crown from a block of ceramic. The creation process only takes minutes, and after inspecting the new crown, a patient’s dentist will carefully place it.
How do CEREC® crowns differ from traditional crowns?
CEREC® and traditional crowns are made differently, but there are several other factors that also set them apart.
While CEREC® crowns are durable and can sometimes last 15 years or more, some types of traditional crowns are stronger. For instance, porcelain fused to metal, one of the strongest crown types, can withstand more biting and chewing force than most CEREC® crowns. For patients concerned about durability in a new crown, it may be wise to consult with a dentist who is familiar with both CEREC® and traditional crowns.
Tooth pain or discomfort
Patients who have previously needed a crown already know that usually, a patient is given a temporary crown to protect the damaged tooth until the finished crown is available. These temporary crowns often are not fitted as precisely as permanent crowns, and they may come loose. Depending on the sensitivity of the tooth that needs a crown, a temporary crown may cause pain or discomfort.
With a CEREC® crown, the crown is made and fitted all in the same dental visit, eliminating the need for temporary crowns. Since patients leave the dental office with a permanent crown, there is less risk of pain, discomfort or crown breakage than there is with a temporary crown.
CEREC® crowns have the advantage of allowing patients to cut down their dental visits. For most patients, a traditional crown requires at least two visits — one to have dental impressions taken and another to have the crown fitted.
In addition, the temporary crown that is often placed before a final crown can be highly inconvenient. In most cases, a patient will need to avoid eating certain foods that might break or otherwise damage the temporary crown. With a CEREC® crown, the patient bypasses the need for a temporary crown altogether.
For patients who anticipate needing a dental crown soon, finding a dental office that is equipped to make CEREC® crowns is wise. With this novel method of crown production, your smile will be restored faster than ever.
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