What’s the Difference Between Cerec Crowns and Traditional Crowns?
Technology in dentistry is rapidly evolving each and every day. This comes with many advantages because we love to learn about new ways to enhance the health and appearance of our patients’ teeth. We understand our patients want to have healthy teeth while also having beautiful teeth. Silver and gold covering your teeth and dark fillings are distracting from the beauty of your smile, so we pride ourselves on cosmetically-appealing alternatives to these daunting dental procedures.
The phrase Cerec comes from the combination of the two words “ceramic” and “reconstruction.” Some people also refer to these crowns as “chair side crowns.” This term stems from the fact that Cerec crowns are able to be applied in one single appointment – no temporary crowns needed! No impressions of your tooth are necessary because Cerec restoration uses a tiny camera to retrieve information on your teeth, such as size and shape. Once this camera has retrieved all of the dimensions it needs, a machine is able to carve out the crown specific to your tooth. Then, your dentist simply cements it onto your tooth with minimal adjusting. Another bonus to Cerec restoration is that crowns can be made in many different shades to accurately match your tooth color. It would essentially be unnoticeable when you smile!
The traditional way of applying crowns is still used today, but some actually think this method might not be practiced in the future. Typically, when receiving a crown the traditional way, impressions are taken and a temporary crown is applied. This is a multi-appointment process as the development of the crown takes much longer when using impressions instead of the technology that accompanies Cerec crowns. There are two main types of crowns used, porcelain or ceramic, which are similar to the color of the tooth, and a metal crown which would either be gold or silver.
Cerec restoration saves you a lot of time. It can also save you money since your dentist can get the entire job done in one appointment rather than two or more. The process of receiving a Cerec crown is much more pleasant due to the limited amount of adjusting and not having to receive impressions. Plus, you will never have to worry about your temporary crown falling off while you wait for your permanent crown to be made. If you are interested in this process, either contact us to make an appointment or visit our website to learn more about this service and other services we offer. We look forward to hearing from you!