Patients may find themselves needing a crown for a variety of reasons. Dental crowns are caps that cover a tooth that has…
- recently undergone root canal treatment
- decayed too far to be treated with a filling
- broken, or cracked, or
- is in need of aesthetic improvement.
A crown ultimately strengthens your tooth, but it can be a time-consuming process. However, with the CEREC tooth crown procedure offered by our experienced Sandstone Point dentists, you can arrive with a damaged tooth and leave with a crown on the very same day. A CEREC crown can quickly restore your confidence and bring back your beautiful smile.
What are CEREC crowns?
CEREC is a shortened form of Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. It’s a high-tech method used by our dentists that takes advantage of CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aid manufacture) to create a crown that is an exact fit for your damaged tooth.
Our dentists use this technology to create a digital model of the teeth to fit the crown. This is then sent to the CEREC milling machine which mills a precise crown based on the CAD/CAM model. Our experienced dentist then bonds the completed crown to your tooth – and all of this is done in just one single appointment.
The Traditional Tooth Crown Procedure Versus CEREC
Traditionally, dental crowns have always needed more than one appointment. Dental crowns are made from a variety of materials including porcelain fused to metal, all-ceramic, all-metal, or zirconia fused to porcelain. The dentist will take the following steps during the dental crown procedure:
- X-rays are taken to assess whether your treatment should be a root canal or whether dental crowns are the best way to go.
- Next, the affected tooth will be prepared to take the crown. Your mouth is numbed, and the edges of the tooth are filed down. If not much tooth structure is remaining, the dentist may use tooth filling material to offer more support to the crown.
- An impression is taken above and below your tooth using dental putty to gauge the correct size for the crown so that it doesn’t affect your bite.
- The impression is then sent to a lab that makes dental crowns which may take a couple of weeks. During this waiting time, you may be fitted with a temporary acrylic filling.
- Once the crown arrives back at the dental clinic, your crown is fitted, your bite is checked, and it’s given a polish to match your natural teeth.
How about CEREC crowns?
As opposed to traditional dental crowns, CEREC crowns only require one visit to our dentist.
They are only ever made from ceramic and like traditional dental crowns can be used for broken teeth, severely damaged teeth, and to improve the aesthetics of a misshapen tooth.
Just as with traditional dental crowns, our dentist will still take an x-ray of your teeth to see whether you need a crown or root canal therapy and the affected tooth will still be filed down to accommodate the crown. The difference lies in the dental crown procedure that follows after the initial crown preparation.
CEREC Crowns – The Process
- Photos of your teeth are taken using an intraoral scanner to create a digital impression – no biting down into messy gag-inducing putty is required!
- The impression is then delivered to the CAD/CAM computer where special software creates the design for the digital tooth restoration.
- This design is sent to the on-site milling machine which creates your physical dental crown from a single block of ceramic. The entire process takes no longer than 15 minutes.
- Your crown is then shade-matched to your teeth, polished, and fitted.
- You get to walk out of our dental clinic sporting an exquisite crown and a beaming smile.
And that’s the CEREC tooth crown procedure – Simple isn’t it!
But what about the benefits of CEREC crowns?
One of the major benefits of CEREC crowns is that they look and feel just like your natural teeth. The 3D imaging technology fits the crown to your gum line and bite with precision and the ceramic is shade matched to your teeth for a seamless restoration.
The process for a CEREC crown is also more comfortable for patients and easier for them to fit into a busy schedule. Provided you maintain good oral hygiene, CEREC crowns have shown to be equally durable as traditional crowns and last up to 15 years or longer.
Are CEREC crowns more expensive?
Most patients notice little difference in the price of CEREC crowns. Because there are no laboratory costs involved and only one appointment, prices are kept to a minimum and furthermore, patents aren’t kept waiting for several weeks or more to get their permanent crowns.
Are you interested in getting a CEREC crown?
Whether you want to improve the aesthetics of a tooth or you have a broken or cracked tooth, we’re sure you’ll find the CEREC tooth crown procedure benefits you in many ways. Why not schedule an appointment with Sandstone Point Dental today or call us at (07) 5429 5628 and enjoy modern dentistry at its best.