The entire CEREC crown-in-a-day process usually takes about 1.5 hours.
If you have one or more teeth that have been weakened by decay or damaged in some other way, you likely will need to have a dental crown placed. A crown, also called a “tooth cap,” is a covering for your tooth that can restore strength, function, and beauty to a damaged or weakened tooth.
Traditionally, dental crowns require at least two appointments and the use of a temporary crown for a week or two. However, here at Denali Dental in Milton, we offer CEREC same-day crowns for appropriate candidates. CEREC crowns can be custom-built right here in the office while you wait, so you don’t need to come in for multiple appointments or get temporary crowns.
How Do CEREC Same-Day Crowns Work?
The CEREC crown creation system uses innovative CAD/CAM technology for an all-in-one solution to tooth restoration. The entire process takes only around an hour, and involves the following steps:
- Take high-quality photos of your tooth using a tiny camera
- Use these photos as a basis to design your new crown to accurately match your tooth
- Once the design is complete, a special machine creates the crown out of a block of dental ceramic
- Place the crown, making sure the fit is comfortable and accurate
- Bond the crown in place
You’ll go home after your appointment with a complete crown, and won’t need to come back again until it’s time for your regular check-up.
What are the Pros and Cons on CEREC same-day crowns?
Benefits of CEREC technology:
- A single visit will replace multiple trips to the dentist, the work is done over a couple of hours in the same day
- Meticulous investigation of the teeth and gums, for instant, accurate reporting
- Less wait time for results. Before our CEREC: crown-in-a-day treatment came into effect, results would often require processing and analyzing in a separate lab. Now they are almost instant.
- No need for temporary crowns. The hassle-free CEREC: crown-in-a-day system means no temporary replacement, or fillings, are required
- Ceramic or porcelain implants replace metal fillings, so your repaired tooth will match the rest of your teeth
- The restoration is proven to have a longer lifespan than traditional crowns and inlays
- The precise construction of the inlay can make your tooth cleaner and stronger, as imperfections in the tooth are uncovered by our CAD/CAM software
- Determination of occlusal contact, following the CEREC: crown-in-a-day treatment, ensures your teeth sit properly with each other
- Intelligent design means your CEREC dental crown or inlay will blend in flawlessly amongst your other teeth
Disadvantages of CEREC same-day crowns:
- CEREC technology uses a block of ceramic to design your new crown. Traditional crowns can consist of porcelain, ceramic, metal, or porcelain fused to metal. A metal crown is strong, as is the combination of metal and porcelain
- Metals bonds better to the tooth. Therefore, traditional crowns are more resistant to fracture or wear and tear, making them more durable than CEREC crowns
- The CEREC camera does not capture the image properly if your tooth’s fracture extends below the gum line. Furthermore, if this is the case, a traditional crown will be a better fit