What are CEREC Crowns?
CEREC stands for “Chairside Economic Restorations of Esthetic Ceramics.” What that means for you is a fast, easy, and highly effective way to get a crown to repair a tooth in as little as a couple of hours right here at the Stiles Dental Care office. With this state of the art treatment, we create your personalized crown in our office using digital impressions, 3-D imaging, and a CAD machine. Every step of this process takes place right here — a one-stop-shop for the CEREC crown process meant to deliver high quality and convenient care. We’ll address your damaged tooth and get you back to normal in no time at all. CEREC crowns are an important and advanced tool for us when it comes to tooth restoration.
Why Choose a CEREC Crown?
There are many reasons why getting a CEREC crown would benefit you. Chief among them is simply how convenient the treatment is. There are no messy impressions, no temporary and inconvenient fixes, and no waiting for weeks for your final permanent crown to be fitted. The accuracy of a CEREC crown is also a plus. Advanced imaging and 3-D technology help the CAD machine to produce a precise model of the tooth that we will be replicating with the CEREC crown. That means there is no guesswork — and no last-minute adjustments or lasting discomfort with a crown that just doesn’t fit as your natural tooth did.
How Are CEREC Crowns Different from Traditional Crowns?
Though crowns are still effective treatment options to protect weakened or damaged teeth, CEREC crowns are also effective solutions that have the added benefit of convenience.
With traditional crowns, the treatment lasts over the course of several dental appointments, meaning that you will be taking valuable time out of your schedule to make room for multiple visits to the dental chair. With a traditional crown, part of the process includes taking impressions of the tooth that requires a crown and sending it off to a dental laboratory for a customized crown. You are fitted with a temporary crown to protect your tooth, but the temporary fix might be uncomfortable or fragile. Once your customized permanent crown is ready, you must return to the dental office for it to be fitted. Even then, there is always the chance that it might not fit perfectly, possibly necessitating changes and adjustments before you can go comfortably on your way.
With CEREC crowns, however, the entire procedure is finished during a single appointment at our office. We will get you in and out likely even within your lunch break, making this a perfect treatment to fit into your busy schedule. Though CEREC crowns may represent more of an initial investment upfront, the fact that the treatment is completed in a single appointment — and that CEREC crowns have been shown to last longer than traditional crowns — makes for a compelling example of why to spring for CEREC.
In the end, we will take a look at your particular case and discuss the pros and cons of each treatment path with you before making a decision together on what is best for your situation.
What Happens During the CEREC Crown Process?
Getting a CEREC crown is much easier than a traditional crown. When you arrive at the office for your appointment, the first thing we will do is take a picture of your mouth and the tooth that will be receiving the CEREC crown. There will be no need for messy and uncomfortable impressions since the image will be sufficient for your crown to be constructed by using a 3-D model. The photo we take functions as a sort of a digital impression. In as little as ten minutes, we will use our specialized machine to craft your customized CEREC crown from a durable and aesthetically-pleasing ceramic material. We will bond the crown to your tooth and send you on your way.
How Long Does a CEREC Crown Last?
Everyone is different, and the wear on your teeth is different from your peers, too. It is difficult to pinpoint just how long a CEREC crown will last in your mouth with regular chewing and use. On average, though, studies show that most CEREC crowns last anywhere from a decade to 15 years. With the proper care and maintenance, some CEREC crowns have lasted longer than that! This is even more reason to invest in a CEREC crown to provide the best treatment available for your smile. CEREC crowns represent permanent restoration options to replace your natural teeth. Most people will be none the wiser that you have received a CEREC crown, as your smile will look as good as new.
In need of a fast but effective solution for your smile? You might be a good candidate for a convenient CEREC crown! Call us at (609) 726-5469 to set up a consultation today.