CEREC Same-Day Dental Crowns
When a tooth is severely damaged, one of the cosmetic treatment options Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS offers to our patients is a crown. A crown is a cap that is placed over the affected tooth to protect it from further damage and additional decay. This procedure is one of the most common in cosmetic dentistry, and we place dozens of crowns during any day.
How is a CEREC Crown Different from a Regular Dental Crown?
A CEREC crown allows our cosmetic surgeons to create a custom-made crown in one appointment, saving time and money for our patients and freeing up our time to treat other patients. CEREC crowns are done using digital imagery and without the need for dental impressions which can be extremely uncomfortable for some patients.
A CEREC crown uses 3D digital technology to take a scan of your tooth and create the perfect crown during the same appointment. This technology is much more precise than any mold could ever be, and it is revolutionizing how crowns are made.
Pros and Cons of CEREC Crowns
With a regular crown, you will need to come into the office at least twice. The first appointment is to evaluate your situation and take an impression using that gooey mixture. The impression is sent to an off-site lab that will make the crown based on that model. This process can take several weeks, and, in the meantime, you will go home with a temporary crown that will protect your teeth. When you come back, the new crown is placed and permanently bonded in your mouth.
As with any digital technology, CEREC crowns are more environmentally friendly than regular crowns. There is no need to prepare the impression mixture and develop x-rays to determine the condition of your tooth. Everything is done digitally, and we can see the pictures on the computer within minutes.
CEREC crowns are more tolerable for patients who only need to sit still for the 3D scan. This technology is so precise that there is little need for follow-up appointments for adjustments. CEREC increases the chances that the crown will fit perfectly.
Some of the disadvantages of using CEREC technology is that, at this time, many insurance companies don’t cover the cost and the 3D scan machine can be costly, making it expensive for the patient. Despite the cost issue, patients who have experienced a CEREC crown, only have praise for the short visit and improved technology. The entire process only takes about two hours, and what is not to love about that.
So far, our experiences indicate that the benefits of using CEREC crowns far outweigh any objection other than the cost of the new procedure. Moreover, when cared for properly, these types of crowns could last even longer than the standard 15 years for traditional crowns.
Traditional crowns are still an excellent option for people who need to take care of cosmetic problems with their teeth such as cracks or chips. If you want to know whether you’re a good candidate for CEREC crowns give Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS a call at (845) 429-8060.