06 Feb CEREC and Same Day Crowns
The availability of same day crowns offers many advantages … fewer trips to the dentist for treatment, no need to wear a temporary for weeks while waiting for your permanent restoration, and thanks to digital technology, in many cases there is no need for an impression to be made using trays of messy and uncomfortable plaster.
Your need for a dental crown can be due to trauma to a tooth, excessive dental decay, a cracked or broken tooth … the reason doesn’t matter. The process for receiving your crown and the final result are what is most important to you
CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics or simply Ceramic Reconstruction. Other verbiage you may hear in conjunction with CEREC is CAD/CAM technology. This means the use of computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing.
Once your dentist has told you that a dental crown is needed, with CEREC you can just sit back because within a few hours you will have completed treatment with a permanent restoration that is durable and looks great.
Digital imaging allows for a very accurate and detailed picture of your mouth providing a crown that will fit perfectly. Your tooth will be prepared for the crown by reducing it in size leaving enough of the base for the final restoration to be cemented in place.
The CEREC machine uses a solid block of ceramic, and utilizing the images taken will bore the ceramic into a perfect replica of the tooth being crowned. A few finishing touches and your crown can be cemented into place.
Caring for your CEREC Restoration
Whether your crown was needed to treat a broken or severely decayed tooth, or as the final step following root canal therapy, the care for your same day crown is easily managed.
Immediately after receiving your crown, you should avoid eating sticky foods that could dislodge your newly cemented dental work. After that, you’re free to eat whatever you wish. Your new crown has been made with durable materials that are designed to last for many, many years.
Brush and floss daily, and visit our dentist every six months for cleaning and dental exam. The same care you extend for all your teeth should allow your same day crown to last a very long time.