3 Benefits of CEREC® Dental Crown Technology

CEREC Garner, NC

The development of Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic, or CEREC®, crowns was a significant, innovative leap in the field of dentistry. Through the use of computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing technology, dental practices are able to more efficiently and effectively provide dental restorations for patients. Read to learn several benefits of same-day dental crown technology and what it means for your procedure.

Three advantages of CEREC® crowns

Also referred to as single-day or chairside crowns, CEREC® crowns use 3D images taken of a patient’s teeth with an intraoral camera that are used to carve the crown from ceramic using a milling machine. While the necessary prep work to the tooth and the prosthetic attachment process is the same as regular crowns, this state-of-the-art manufacturing process offers three important benefits.

1. Treatment often can be completed in one day

Traditionally, the installation for dental crowns requires several appointments that take place over the course of several weeks. During the first appointment, the dentist prepares the tooth by either removing some of the enamel or building a foundation. Impressions are made using a special dental paste that is then sent to a dental lab. It can take up to three weeks for the permanent crown to be made. Once finished, the crown is affixed to the tooth during a second appointment, as long as no alterations need to be made. 

With CEREC®, patients can often have a permanent crown placed in only one visit. This technology streamlines the process using a special scanner that allows the dentist to make a digital impression that can be used to manufacture a ceramic crown in the office. The prosthetic can then be fitted over the patient’s natural tooth once the area is prepped.

2. The dentist can forgo a temporary crown 

Typically, patients are given a temporary crown to wear during the two- to three-week waiting period. It is often made from metal or plastic and may not match the color of the surrounding teeth. A less permanent cement that is easy to remove is used to attach the temporary restoration. Certain foods and activities may make it fall out prematurely. CEREC® makes it possible for the dentist to avoid ever needing to place a stand-in crown.

3. Ceramic is both durable and natural-looking 

With chairside restoration technology, the crown is made from a solid block of ceramic. This material has a very similar appearance to natural teeth and can be easily colored to match the shade of the patient’s surrounding teeth. Unlike enamel, which can be discolored from consumption of certain foods and beverages, the restoration is stain resistant. Ceramic is considerably more durable than other most other alternatives and can last over 15 years if well-maintained. 

Conclusion

Having access to CEREC® technology is advantageous to both patients and the dentists who use it as the process of making and installing crowns is simplified. Receiving a natural-appearing, precise prosthetic in only one day gives dentists the ability to quickly restore damaged teeth, allowing patients to achieve a more functional, aesthetic smile right away.

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