Many people haven't really heard about CEREC Crowns, so they aren't aware that these crowns can be produced in a single visit to the dentist, which is a departure from the normal procedure. All crowns are tooth-shaped caps that fit over your existing teeth, so as to restore your normal smile, and to provide missing functionality with regard to chewing and biting foods you eat.
Crowns can cover up discolored or damaged teeth, and they are also used to replace missing teeth when dental implants are placed. They can be made from various materials, some of which are porcelain, metal, resin, or ceramic, each of which comes with its own special qualities. For the most part, CEREC Crowns are made from a very sturdy type of ceramic, and they're generally created and placed with the aid of state-of-the-art computer technology.
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CEREC Crown procedure
When you have consulted with your dentist and decided to have a Cerec Crown placed, here's what you can expect when the procedure actually begins. First your dentist will have to examine your mouth to determine how much healthy tooth structure remains in your mouth, so he/she can be sure a crown will work in your circumstances. Assuming that your dentist considers a Cerec Crown appropriate for the situation, he/she will review options with you, and if you decide to go ahead with the Cerec Crown, the process will begin by preparing the damaged tooth and administering a local anesthetic.
If any decay has to be removed, this will be performed by the dentist. Then the whole area will be dried out in preparation for what follows. Next, it will be necessary to obtain a digital impression of your tooth, using an intraoral camera attached to a computer. You'll have to open your mouth wide in order for this to be effective, and the software in the computer will sketch out digital images of the surface of your tooth.
Using a number of different static pictures of the tooth, the computer will merge the images together in order to create a single 3D model of the affected tooth. The next step involves creating a customized dental crown for the tooth. In order to ensure that the new tooth looks similar to the other teeth in your mouth, the dentist will choose a Ceramic or Zirconia block which is colored very similarly to your tooth's original color.
At this point, it will be possible to begin making the crown, and this milling phase will only require about 60 minutes. Once the crown is ready, it has to be comfortably fit into your mouth. Your dentist will ensure that you have the appropriate bite and the right fit before polishing and cementing the crown to your tooth. This will bind the tooth in place, so that you can begin using it for all normal activities.
Durability of CEREC Crowns
If you have the mistaken notion that a dental crown which is made in a single dental visit lacks the same quality of a conventional crown, you should be aware this is simply not true. Considerable research has been conducted into the durability of ceramic crowns after placement, and the results are almost universally favorable. Compared to traditional crowns, Cerec crowns fare very well, since in most cases they're made from a very sturdy type of ceramic or zirconia material. This is important, because you won't want to have to replace a crown after just a year or two of usage.
The fact that Cerec crowns are made almost exclusively of a sturdy material gives them their extraordinary durability, and that's a very useful advantage in choosing this alternative. It is entirely possible that your Cerec crown might last as long as 10 or 15 years, and in some cases even more, before requiring a replacement. This means you can count on having your Cerec crown for quite a while, assuming that you take proper care of it and you observe good oral hygiene. When the time comes for a replacement for your Cerec Crown, you can count on the entire process going more smoothly, since you will have been through it once before.
Traditional Crowns vs. CEREC Crowns
Whether you choose to go with a traditional crown or a Cerec crown, you'll still have a good solution to whatever dental issue triggered the need for the crown. However, there are several important differences between the way traditional crowns get fitted and how Cerec crowns are placed. When you opt for a traditional crown, you'll be able to choose from materials such as zirconia, resin, metal, porcelain, or zirconia.
By contrast, Cerec crowns are made from a sturdy ceramic or zirconia material. As you might have guessed, a traditional Crown will take more time to be made, and require an additional visit to the dentist for completing the procedure. When you're having a Cerec Crown placed, you can count on everything being done in a single visit to your dentist's office, whereas when you have a traditional Crown placed, you can expect at least two visits and possibly more before everything has been finalized.