Advantages of CEREC vs Traditional Crowns
If you have a tooth that is need of a dental cap, whether the tooth broke or has an existing filling that is large and needs replacing, you do have a choice in how the dental crown is made. There are two ways in which a dental crown can be made, by a lab, or by CEREC.
The most obvious advantage of CEREC dental crowns is the speed in which it is made. CEREC crowns are fabricated and cemented in one appointment. Traditional lab fabricated dental crowns take up to 2 weeks to be made and cemented. What does this mean for you? With CEREC crowns you are done in one visit to the dentist, with lab fabricated crowns it will take at least two appointments and sometimes more.
With CEREC crowns, since the final crown is finished that day, you do not have to deal with temporary crowns. Temporary crowns are made of a plastic material that are made while the permanent crown is fabricated. Temporary crowns have a tendency to fall off because a weak cement is used in order to remove it when the permanent crowns are seated. This can lead to additional visits to the dentist to have it recemented. Also, temporary crowns do not fit perfectly, this can lead to sensitive teeth while the temporary crown is in your mouth.
CEREC crowns do not require impressions. You know, the goopy, nasty tasting stuff us dentists use to make molds of your teeth. Instead, CEREC uses a special camera to take optical images of the teeth, the computer then constructs a digital model of your teeth in which the dental crown is designed The optical image is captured and CEREC computer makes a digital model of the teeth in which the dental crown is designed. A crown fabricated with CEREC is about convenience. One stop and the final restoration is done!
Dr. James Miller is an Arizona licensed dentist. His dental practice is located in Scottsdale Arizona. Besides CEREC, Dr. Miller uses dental lasers, Invisalign, and digital x rays. Dr. Miller is dedicated to using technology that makes the patient experience as enjoyable as possible.
Source by James B Miller