CEREC Same Day Crowns

CEREC Same Day Crowns

cerec machine If you have a tooth that is broken or has been severely damaged by decay, your dentist may recommend a crown. Crowns can help to improve the appearance of your teeth and can hold portions of the cracked tooth together. While a traditional version of crowns has been used in the past, dental technology has developed a new method known as CEREC, which enables us to do same-day crowns.

What is CEREC?

CEREC stands for Ceramic Reconstruction or Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. This innovative method is used for reconstructing teeth; it utilizes CAM and CAD technology to help dentists efficiently develop and insert the ceramic restoration in one single appointment. These ceramic same-day crowns are made out of the finest dental material, as porcelain is resistant to plaque, anti-abrasive, and offers the same level of hardness as your normal teeth. They also do not contain metal, so they can help to enhance your smile.

How Does CEREC Work?

Once your dentist has determined that a CEREC same day crown is the right option for you, he will take an optical impression of the tooth. Rather than filling a tray with impression material that you need to bite into in order to create a mold, your dentist will apply a coat of tasteless and non-toxic powder to your tooth. Camera equipment is then used to take a digital image of your tooth, and the entire process only takes a couple of minutes. (See video at left).

The CEREC machine and its 3D software are then used to help your dentist create a tooth restoration. Within a few minutes of using the system, your dentist is able to send his or her restoration design information to the office milling machine where a ceramic block is inserted. In 10-20 minutes, an all-ceramic and tooth-colored restoration is completed and ready to be put into place.

Your dentist will then try the restoration in your mouth in order to ensure that the bite and fit match properly. Then, the same day crown is bonded and polished to the prepared tooth. Once completed, you are able to go on your way, and since there is no temporary crown you won’t need to return for a permanent. View a CEREC Case Study from one of our patients.

CEREC Crown vs. Standard Crown (Procedure)

When it comes to comparing CEREC and standard crown procedures, one of the greatest differences is the length of time that the procedure takes. With CEREC restoration, the procedure can be completed in the same day, so the temporary crown required with a standard procedure isn’t necessary, nor is the waiting time to get the final restoration. These instant crowns can help to reduce sensitivity and pain in addition to the bacterial leakage that often occurs when wearing a temporary crown for several weeks. After a CEREC procedure, patients are free to brush, floss, and eat like they normally would.

For more information on CEREC same day crowns, and to determine if this innovative technology is right for you, contact us today for your consultation.