Frequently Asked Questions About CEREC Crowns

Frequently Asked Questions About CEREC Crowns

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At Cakmes Dental Studio, we work with patients looking to achieve their ideal smile through dental restorative services. Living with teeth damaged from decay, injuries, and poor structural integrity can not only cause a loss of confidence but can also be a detriment to oral health. This is where crowns come in. Crowns are custom caps cemented to a patient’s tooth to increase functionality and appearance. One type of crown is made using a CEREC system. When considering which crown is right for you, many questions are involved. We’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions regarding CEREC crowns. Use this information to see if CEREC crowns are right for you! 

What is a CEREC crown? 

The ceramic restoration technique can be used to create full crowns in just one visit without temporary crowns or impressions. All information needed to create custom crowns comes from a tiny, accurate camera that scans the patient’s mouth and relays the dimensions of each tooth. From there, a specialized machine carves those dimensions out of porcelain-colored to natural-colored tooth shades. Your dentist will then apply these to your teeth and send you on your way! This type of crown differs from traditional types in the time it takes to make the crown, color, and material, but is still long-lasting and durable. 

How long do CEREC crowns last? 

CEREC crowns typically last up to 15 years. Overall this is very dependent on the patient’s oral hygiene. Habitual brushing, flossing, and mouthwash can maintain the quality of the crown as well as prevent harmful medical side effects such as bacteria growth and periodontal disease. 

Are CEREC crowns better than traditional crowns?

There are many factors to this question, which leaves us with more than a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer. Both CEREC and traditional crowns have pros and cons, however, CEREC crowns offer a few key features that appeal to many of our patients. If you are looking for a faster, same-day procedure with esthetic results, ceramic restoration crowns would be your best option. One-time office visits ultimately save time off from work. Other factors such as tooth shape, bite structure, and more can also be factored in in determining which crown type is best for you. 

Where can I schedule a consultation for CEREC crowns? 

Cakmes Dental Studio in Knoxville, Tennessee is accepting new patients for CEREC crowns! Call our office today to set up your consultation with our dental experts. We would be happy to answer any other questions you might have about crowns and other dental services that we offer that will give you your dream smile.

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October is National Dental Hygiene Month!

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Each October, dentists, dental hygienists, and orthodontists observe National Dental Hygiene Month. As dental professionals, we promote the importance of good oral hygiene every single day of the year, but this month gives us an excuse to focus on it even more.

Why is dental hygiene so important?

You may be thinking, “they’re just teeth – what do they have to do with my overall health?” The truth is, there is a very strong link between your oral health and your overall health. Not only can poor dental health provide clues to a larger issue going on in your body, but it can also be the root cause of many conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and pneumonia. 

To put it simply, the mouth is full of mostly harmless bacteria; however, if you fail to practice proper dental hygiene, this bacteria can lead to infections like tooth decay and gum disease.

What issues are linked to poor oral health?

Aside from obvious issues like gum disease, poor dental health has been linked to heart issues like endocarditis and cardiovascular disease. This is because oral bacteria can enter your bloodstream and make its way to your heart, resulting in infection and inflammation.

Poor dental hygiene is also linked with complications in pregnancy and birth. Periodontitis (a severe gum infection) in expectant mothers can cause premature birth and a low birth rate.

People with diabetes, HIV/AIDS, osteoporosis, or Alzheimer’s disease are generally more susceptible to oral health issues, so it’s even more crucial to practice exemplary dental hygiene.

How can I practice better dental hygiene?

There are several small habits you can adopt in your everyday routine to improve your oral health. First, you need to brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time with a fluoride toothpaste. 

For all the coffee drinkers out there, make sure to brush your teeth in the morning before you have your first cup. The acidity in coffee can make your teeth weaker, and brushing them while they are in a weaker state can lead to damage to your enamel.

Yes, you know this one is coming: you need to be flossing daily! It’s a small but very impactful habit to start. If you really think about it, flossing only takes about a minute of your day. If you make an effort to start working it into your nighttime routine, it’ll become a habit that you won’t think twice about.

Take your morning or night routine a step further with mouthwash! Mouthwash helps to remove particles that stick around after brushing and flossing. Plus, it takes less than a minute!

Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month with us!

In addition to being more intentional about practicing good dental hygiene daily, we want to see you in our studio every six months! If it’s been a while since you’ve been in our chair, or if you’re looking for a new dentist in Knoxville, TN, take this as your sign to schedule an appointment. Investing in your dental health is an investment in your overall health and the future. 

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