Dental crowns are a solution for severely decayed teeth, broken or fractured teeth, to complete endodontic therapy, as a means to fix a dental prosthesis, or as the final step in the dental implant process. If your dentist recommends a dental crown, it is the best option for treatment. And if your dentist offers CEREC, you will be able to appreciate its many advantages.
What is CEREC?
CEREC is high tech dentistry at its best. Your dentist can diagnose the need for a dental crown, and deliver it on the same day. Not a temporary, but the final restoration itself that allows you to leave the dental office with your treatment fully completed.
CEREC technology employs computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) that allows your dentist to use digital imaging to provide a detailed and accurate picture that ultimately will be used to mill your new tooth out of a block of ceramic that will be fabricated, fit, and cemented in place all during the same visit.
When is a Dental Crown Recommended?
Dental decay – When a tooth has been previously repaired, further drilling may result in a broken or fractured tooth. A crown may provide a better solution.
Broken tooth – If a tooth fractures, a dental crown can be made to cover the base of the tooth to prevent the need for extraction.
Abutment for prosthesis – If a patient requires a dental bridge and opts for a fixed tooth replacement, the abutment teeth will be prepped for crowns to attach the bridge.
Final step for a root canal – For the patient requiring endodontic therapy, the dentist will drill an opening in the tooth that must eventually be sealed. A dental crown is often used to seal the tooth.
Restoration for dental implant – A dental implant is placed to provide the base for missing dentition. When healed, a dental crown is affixed to the implant as the final cosmetic restoration for this procedure.
CEREC vs. traditional crowns
A standard crown can require multiple visits and the need to wear a temporary for a couple of weeks before your permanent crown can be delivered.
Your CEREC dentist can provide you with a perfectly sized, shaped, and shaded dental crown that will be made to match surrounding teeth to provide the fit and function you need, all in one dental visit. For more information, call our office today!