We all know that dental crowns work to protect teeth damaged by decay or sudden trauma. However, we also know that receiving a dental crown typically takes a lot of time. Dentists also need you to bite into that gray, putty-like material, which in some cases captures an imperfect mold of your tooth.
Overall, the traditional method is cumbersome and time-consuming, but CEREC technology changes that. To learn why you should get excited over this revolutionary addition to dentistry, keep reading this post from a dentist in Coeur d’ Alene.
Dental Crowns Go Digital
CEREC technology uses a digital wand that acts similar to an intraoral camera. However, instead of simply displaying your oral structures on a nearby screen, it captures all the unique cracks and crevices of teeth, allowing for a more precise image to be used for fabrication. This 3D image is then received by CEREC’s proprietary software so additional modifications can be made as needed.
Not only does that mean you won’t need to use impression material to create dental crowns, but the process for capture is easier, more accurate, and more likely to create a crown that fits correctly the first time. Keep in mind that CEREC is also capable of creating other restorations, including dental fillings.
Less Drilling, More Preservation
In many cases, dental crowns require removing additional enamel in order to properly seat, meaning more of your natural tooth structure is permanently removed just to protect it. Since CEREC crowns are more accurately produced, far less and sometimes no drilling or buffing is required to place a CEREC crown.
Super-Fast and Incredibly Convenient
When the dentist says that receiving a CEREC crown only takes one visit, they aren’t kidding. Since there is no dental lab to wait on, you don’t have to wait the traditional two weeks to receive their permanent crown. That also means you won’t need to wear a temporary crown to protect the damaged tooth while you wait. CEREC truly allows dentists to provide a one-stop solution for restorations.
A Strong and Natural-Looking Restoration
CEREC crowns use durable dental ceramic to protect teeth for many years to come, just like traditional crowns do. With regular at-home care and consistent dental visits, your crown should last anywhere from 10 to 15 years!
Furthermore, because the crowns made via a CEREC machine are all-porcelain, they’ll look incredibly natural compared to the rest of your teeth. No more worrying about your restorations giving off a gray sheen commonly associated with metal crowns and fillings; these crowns are shaded to blend in with your natural teeth.
Why settle for the longer wait times and frustrating impression methods of traditional crowns when the future has arrived to the dental office? Schedule an appointment today to experience the difference CEREC technology has to offer!
About the Author
Dr. Filip Orban earned his DDS degree from the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. Since then, he’s taken the initiative to educate and introduce dental advancements to his office, allowing him to provide a higher quality and more convenient level of dental care. To learn more about his practice or get a dental crown or filling placed yourself, you can contact him through his website.