Same Day Crowns (CEREC)
Dental crowns have been around for decades and have stood the test of time as a highly effective way to restore teeth that are severely decayed or otherwise damaged. However, there is a new kid on the block that is revolutionizing restorative crowns, known as the CEREC® crown. At Weissman Dental, we proudly offer this innovative restoration procedure as well as the tried-and-true traditional crown.
What’s the Difference Between a Traditional Crown and a CEREC® Crown?
CEREC® stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, which is a type of computer-generated dental restoration. This groundbreaking technology empowers our team to design, create, and apply ceramic restorations in a single appointment. Unlike traditional crowns, CEREC® crowns don’t require waiting for a lab-fabricated restoration or a subsequent appointment to apply it. This is not to say that traditional crowns no longer serve a purpose in dentistry because they certainly do. They can repair damaged teeth, while also enhancing aesthetics and providing a natural look and feel. A traditional crown can also boost a tooth’s strength for many years to come.
It Is All In the Convenience
When it comes to convenience, however, the CEREC® excels in comparison to a traditional crown. Regular crowns typically require an initial consultation, a visit to prepare the tooth, time to construct a temporary crown, and a waiting period for the permanent crown to arrive from the lab. This entire process can take as long as 3 to 4 weeks. CEREC® crowns are just as durable as traditional crowns. The shorter timespan of creating a CEREC® crown is no indication of lesser strength or inferior quality. This type of crown utilizes ceramic, which is one of the strongest materials available for crowns. In addition, ceramic allows us to match a crown to your natural teeth. While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, most people would agree that a CEREC® crown is more visually appealing than a crown made of porcelain fused with metal, for example.
On the other hand, CEREC® crowns are milled from one block of ceramic. Therefore, it’s hard to duplicate the subtle color gradients that natural teeth have. While the blocks of ceramic for CEREC® crowns are created with a color gradient, it is standard gradient. This is no issue for back teeth that never really show unless you open your mouth widely. However, CEREC® crowns for visible teeth don’t have the visual appeal of traditional crowns for front teeth.
Choose Your CEREC® Crown With Care
A potential disadvantage of a CEREC® crown is that its quality and appearance will ultimately depend on the skill and precision of the dentist who creates it. Using CEREC® technology effectively takes specialized training, so you will want to choose a dental office with staff experienced in the fabrication of CEREC® crowns. If you’re curious about any type of crown for your teeth, the expert team at Weissman Dental is ready to help. At the end of the day, which crown is best for you will depend on your unique situation. To schedule a consultation regarding crown procedures, give us a call at (503) 274-2222.