An increasing number of dental patients are opting for CEREC crowns over conventional ones. The acronym stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, and it involves using computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing to create dental restorations like crowns right at the clinic.
The prosthetics are milled out of a block of ceramic that is fed into a milling machine. It provides a more precise and convenient way to make dental restorations.
Questions to ask when getting CEREC crowns
CEREC provides many benefits to those who need crowns to protect a damaged tooth or restore the appearance of a disfigured one. These restorations are used for many purposes in modern dentistry including:
- To improve the appearance of a stained tooth that cannot be whitened with bleaching agents
- To increase the length of a short tooth
- To close up small gaps between teeth
- As anchors for dental bridges
- To protect badly-decayed teeth
- To restore the appearance of a chipped or broken tooth
Questions those who are unfamiliar with how CEREC works should ask a dentist before treatment include:
1. What goes on during the appointment
Getting a CEREC crown has some similarities to getting a conventional one. The patient's teeth are prepared for the prosthetic by removing portions of enamel. However, instead of using a mold to take an impression of the patient's teeth, digital imaging is used to create 3D images of the patient's teeth.
This information is then sent to a computer the dentist uses to design a custom crown for the patient. Patients are free to give their input at this stage as they work with the dentist to create a crown that blends in with their natural teeth.
Once both parties are satisfied with the design, the information is sent to a CEREC machine at the clinic that makes the prosthetic in 15-30 minutes.
The patient is fitted with the prosthetic once the process is complete. This ends the appointment, and the problematic tooth has a permanent fix.
2. Does it only take a single appointment?
Yes, that is one of the main reasons why an increasing number of people are opting for CEREC crowns. The need for multiple visits to the dentist is eliminated since the crown is made onsite while the patient is being worked on. That means less time driving to and from the clinic, and less time missing school or work.
CEREC crowns are the fastest and most convenient way to get teeth fixed with caps.
3. Does the crown look good?
They look better than good, CEREC crowns are the most natural-looking type of crown. The glassy ceramics they are made from have a naturally white color just like real teeth, and they reflect light in a similar fashion.
CEREC makes life easier
Why bother with having to break your regular routine twice just to get fitted with a dental crown. Thanks to CEREC, you can now get a customized, natural-looking crown fitted during a single visit, in less than an hour.
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