Questions And Answers About CEREC Crowns

Dental crowns are still used for multiple dental procedures, such as the covering of a broken or chipped tooth or the restoration of a tooth after a root canal. In the past, dental patients had to have at least two dental appointments for crown placement.

During the first visit, an impression of the patient's mouth was taken and sent to a dental lab for crown fabrication. Although a temporary crown may have been placed to protect the tooth until the subsequent visit, the permanent crown was not made available until it was properly fashioned in the laboratory.

During the second visit, the temporary crown was removed and the permanent crown was affixed to the tooth.

Nowadays, dental patients are able to receive a single-day CEREC crown. Here are a few questions and answers about this time-saving option:

What is a CEREC crown?

A CEREC crown is a dental crown that is constructed using CEREC technology. Sometimes referred to as same-day crowns, CEREC crowns can  be manufactured and placed during a single visit.

CEREC is an acronym for a special type of system that allows the generation of quality dental restorative items through 3D computer technology. It stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.

What are CEREC crowns made of?

CEREC crowns are made of porcelain. They contain no metal and are designed not to crack over time. As a result, dental patients who choose these crowns don't have to be concerned about exposure to harmful or reactive metals through their crowns.

Additionally, the ceramic construction allows these crowns to be color-matched for seamless blending with natural teeth.

Are dental impressions needed for CEREC crowns?

A dental impression is not needed for a CEREC crown. Instead, 3D images of your mouth are taken and used as a guide for the fabrication of the crown.

No laboratory assistance is required since the crown is milled by a CEREC unit.

Aside from the single-visit placement, is there any other main advantage to choosing a CEREC crown?

One advantage is that there is no need for a temporary crown. A temporary crown may not be as sturdy and is designed not to permanently affix to a tooth. As a result, the crown may fall out during the period between dental visits and expose a traumatized tooth.

A CEREC crown may be a suitable option for your next dental restoration. However, only a dentist can determine whether a CEREC crown is right for you. Schedule an appointment with a dentist such as James Tritton DDS PC for more information.