If you have a tooth that is so severely decayed that it is beyond what a regular cavity filling can repair or has been so severely damaged that it needs to be held together, our dentist will probably recommend that you have a dental crown. This is a tooth-shaped ‘hat’ that sits over the top of the affected tooth, covering it entirely so that it is protected inside the artificial structure. The crown looks, feels and acts just like a regular tooth and so your smile and the function of your teeth will be fully restored.
Crowns may be one of the most common and successful types of dental restoration, but this doesn’t mean that they haven’t continued to evolve. Today, there are numerous types of crown available, including the latest and arguably most superior version of all – the Cerec same day crown.
What is a Cerec crown and what makes it different to regular crowns?
Cerec stands for ‘ceramic restoration’, which will give you a clue exactly what Cerec crowns are made from. These high quality and extremely durable restorations are milled directly from a solid block of ceramic, rather than being built up using powdered resins. This advanced style of manufacturing means that Cerec crowns are stronger and more resilient than porcelain or porcelain fused to metal (PFM) varieties.
When you opt for Cerec crowns, the process to receive them is somewhat different. Rather than our dentist taking impressions of your teeth using putty, instead the use of Cerec technology enables our dentist to get a 3d visual of your teeth using a mapping program. Your restoration is then designed with infinite precision by CAD software, and this design is then used so that another computer and laser can mill your restoration on site while you wait.
While Cerec can be used to create a range of different dental solutions, including veneers, implants and dentures, crowns are the most commonly provided Cerec restoration.
What are the advantages of choosing Cerec same day crowns?
Unsurprisingly, the most prevalent reason as to why people choose Cerec same day crowns is because they can have their entire restoration completed in just one day. Normally, several appointments are required to receive a dental crown and they are spaced at least a week or so apart so that our dentist has time to send the molds of your teeth off to the lab so that your crown can be made, the manufacturing is completed, and the final restoration returned to our dentist. However, with Cerec crowns, this entire process takes place in just a few hours, meaning you only need to schedule one day off. You can leave with your fully restored smile just a few hours later.
Another definite benefit of Cerec crowns is that minimal preparation is required before they can be fitted. This means less drilling and filing of your affected tooth – something which all patients will be pleased about!
Temporary restorations are frustrating to wear, and this is something that you can skip out on when you choose Cerec dentistry. There is no need to be fitted with an uncomfortable crown that you worry will pull out every time you bite or chew. Instead, you can leave with a permanently secured crown, enabling you to go out and enjoy the foods you want without compromise.
Same day Cerec crowns can transform the function and appearance of your teeth. If you would like further information about them, or if you would like to schedule an appointment to see if you are a good candidate to receive Cerec crowns, please contact our offices.