Despite the fact that Cerec technology has been around since 1983, it’s only in the last decade or so that this particular dental crown technique has gained popularity. It wouldn’t be fair, however, to talk about the advantages of such a system without mentioning some of the disadvantages, especially since traditional restorations have served the dental industry and countless patients well for many decades. So with this in mind, let’s take a closer look at Cerec crowns pros and cons.
Firstly, the advantages…
Cerec Crowns – Convenient and Time-Saving
Perhaps the main advantage of Chairside Economic Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic (CEREC) crowns over a conventional dental crown is that they are a technologically advanced and more efficient way of restoring a smile.
Anyone needing a traditional dental crown will need to wait 1-2 weeks and pay two or three visits to their dentist before they receive their permanent restoration. This is because impressions need to be taken and sent away to a central dental laboratory who will then make the crown to these specifications.
Alternatively, with Cerec crowns, technology allows the dentist to process and control every aspect of the restoration process right here at the dental clinic. From digital impression taking right through to the final fitting, patients can expect to walk out of the dental practice with a permanent restoration in just 1-2 hours.
Impression Taking is Far Less Invasive
Traditional impression-taking is incredibly messy and can give some patients the feeling that they want to gag. For the dentist also, impression taking can be very hit and miss often taking several attempts, plus a great deal of skill to get right.
Cerec crowns, on the other hand, utilise the latest digital impression-taking technology so messy impression-taking material is instead replaced with a digital handheld scanner. This creates 3D virtual impressions which are transferred directly to a 3D milling machine in real-time enabling it to fabricate an exact match restoration.
Not only is digital impression taking far less invasive and ultimately, more comfortable for the patient, there is also no human contact during the impression taking process. As a result, all impressions and ultimately, the dental crown, is fabricated accurately and therefore typically requires little or no rework.
No Temporary Crowns Are Necessary
During a conventional crown procedure, a dentist may fit a temporary crown to protect the tooth until such times as the permanent one can be issued. Sometimes temporaries aren’t always a great fit and they have been known to cause injury to the gum.
With same-day Cerec crowns, however, temporaries aren’t required and instead patients can expect a comfortable and flawlessly permanent replacement in just a few hours.
Aesthetically, Cerec Crowns are Better
When talking about Cerec crowns, particularly the pros and cons, one of the major benefits is the appearance. With help from their dentist, patients can choose the colour of the fabrication material to exactly match the colour of their existing teeth. This way when milled, it should fit flawlessly within their existing smile. For even greater aesthetics, the dentist can paint and polish the restoration crown before it’s kiln-dried to achieve the pinnacle of aesthetic beauty.
As you can see, there are many advantages to opting for Cerec dental crowns but as promised, let’s balance that out by taking a closer look at the cons.
Cerec Crowns Pros and Cons – The Disadvantages
Less Strength Than Some Conventional Crowns
Even though Cerec crowns are modelled from a single block of dental ceramic and are, on the whole, pretty strong, they aren’t as durable as certain types of dental crown – particularly those restorations containing metal like PFM or all-metal crowns. Not only can metal bond better to the tooth but it can also be more resistant to general wear and tear, making it a truly durable option.
Cerec Crowns Aren’t The Perfect Solution For All Teeth
While Cerec crowns can suit a wide variety of positions, they aren’t always the best solution for all areas of the mouth. For instance, when a dental crown is required at the rear of the mouth particularly in the molar area, a conventional porcelain-fused to metal (PFM) crown is often preferred. The reason for this is that it’s stronger and can withstand greater chewing action.
Cerec Technology Can Be More Expensive
Even when you do away with the cost of an external dental lab, this is off-set by the fact that Cerec utilises some of the most advanced technology in dentistry today. As you can imagine, this is a technology that doesn’t come cheap. Therefore, Cerec crowns tend to cost more overall.
However, while there may be a price increase, this may well be a small price to pay for a custom-made and lifelike restoration that can be made while you wait.
So there you have it, the Cerec crowns pros and cons explained. Hopefully, by understanding the advantages and disadvantages it better equips you with the knowledge you need to make a fully informed dental decision.
If you would like to find out more about Cerec dental crowns or are interested in a Cerec restoration, come and talk to our friendly team at Sandstone Point Dental. We’ll talk with you to see which restoration is best and how we can help.
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