CEREC is causing a sensation throughout the dental industry as a highly effective tooth replacement method. CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Aesthetics Ceramics. It is a form of computer-assisted dentistry that produces impressive dental restorations.
The CEREC process allows dentists to fabricate and place custom ceramic restorations in a single appointment. Unlike the traditional method, there is no need to attend further appointments or accept waiting times for laboratory work between appointments.
How traditional crowns differ from CEREC
In the past, the patient could choose the crown material but nothing else. The procedure was the same, regardless of the material chosen. Now the patient can also choose the crown procedure. Before making a decision, the patient must learn about CEREC dentists and conventional crowns. After learning about the two procedures, it might be easy to choose one.
When choosing between CEREC crowns and conventional crowns, it is crucial to consider the duration of the process. CEREC crowns are placed in a single session. The dentist prepares the tooth, fabricates the crown, and cements it in place within two hours. Conventional crowns require two visits. During the first visit, dentists prepare the tooth, take impressions and place temporary crowns.
CEREC crowns are made of porcelain. Porcelain crowns can be used on the front and back teeth. However, people who have an excessively strong or crooked bite often require porcelain crowns fused to metal or gold. This material is stronger and wears less quickly due to chewing and biting forces. These crowns must be made in a dental laboratory.
For traditional crowns, patients can choose from a variety of materials. In addition to porcelain, there are crowns made of porcelain fused with metal, alloys, and gold alloys. Crowns made of metal are more stable than crowns made of porcelain. However, all crowns should last for years.
Patients who opt for CEREC crowns receive the permanent crown on their first visit. On the other hand, Patients who opt for conventional crowns leave the practice with temporary crowns. Temporary crowns are not so durable as permanent crowns. Crowns are prone to cracking and falling out, so patients need to be careful.
CEREC crowns are always as aesthetic as other ceramic crowns. However, the visual appeal of these oral health solutions varies depending on one’s point of view. CEREC® crowns are more visually appealing than crowns made of porcelain bonded with metal. Contact Wynkoop Dentistry for more information.