If you have damaged, broken or poor-looking teeth, the good news is you can have tooth restoration (and your confident smile) in just one visit! Thanks to advancements in dentistry, you can have a faster, more comfortable one-visit tooth restoration with the CEREC crown technology.
Traditional dental crowns were the standard treatment for a long time. The entire process took several weeks, 2 trips to the dentist and not to mention the discomfort of dental impressions.
You may wonder how this same-day Cerec restoration works. Read on to know more.
What is CEREC?
CEREC is short for “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics”, although it can also stand for Ceramic Reconstruction.
With the CEREC technology, we use advanced equipment to be able to get that perfect dental crown in an hour or two. This is made possible via Computer-Aided-Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing or CAD/CAM dentistry to achieve the precise fit and shade quickly. Since the entire restoration process happens in our clinic, the patient will have complete tooth restoration in a single visit.
The Cerec Dental Restoration Process
The entire process involves 4 simple steps:
1. Digital Impression with Primescan
We inspect the problem area and use Primescan intraoral scanning to capture the digital dimensions. With its Smart Pixel Sensor and the dynamic depth scan technology, it captures up to 20mm in depth and 50,000 images per second. The result? The patient gets an accurate dental impression for printing a ceramic crown with the perfect fit.
These digital impressions are done in a matter of minutes and transferred to the computer.
2. Producing the 3d Printed Crown
The captured images are transferred to a computer and with CEREC software, it creates a 3d printed crown.
3. Cap Dental Milling
The restoration is then quickly milled from a ceramic block in the Cerec machine. This only takes a few minutes.
4. Dental crown is set in place.
How does the Cerec system compare with traditional dental crowns?
Same-Day Crowns vs Traditional Crowns
Cerec Crowns Pros and Cons
- Fast procedure, takes only one 2-hour visit
- No need for temporary crowns
- Comfortable digital dental impression as compared to traditional dental impressions
- CAD/CAM crown results in an accurate fit and matching colour
- Ceramic crowns are strong and will last 10-15 years or more
- Looks and feels like a real tooth, with no black spots associated with traditional crowns
- Ceramic crown cost: comparable to traditional crowns, can be a bit higher than traditional crowns or lower depending on the material, but considering it will just be one visit, the cost is practically the same
Traditional Crowns Pros and Cons
- The entire process takes 2-3 weeks, involves 2 trips to the dentist
- The patient needs to wear temporary crowns while waiting for the permanent crown. Temporaries can cause sensitivity, or even come off while waiting for the permanent crown
- Traditional dental impression can be very uncomfortable for the patient which involves placing dental putty in the patient’s mouth
- Restoration from traditional impression may not form correctly and the process may have to be repeated, which is time-consuming, in addition to the extra cost
- Aesthetically as good, made with strong materials and looks like a real tooth but depending on the material, it can be inferior to Cerec. Porcelain-fused-to-metal, for example, tends to have a black discolouration between the base of the crown and the gums which can be so unsightly.
- Chipping and cracking may occur with a porcelain crown.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the average cost of a Cerec crown?
The average Cerec crown cost as of 2020 is between $1550-$2000. This is the same for traditional dental crowns. However, considering you only need one trip to the dental clinic, there may be additional costs with traditional crowns.
What are crowns made of?
Cerec dental crowns are made from a solid ceramic block which makes the crown very strong. Traditional crowns can be made of ceramic, all-metal or porcelain fused to metal (PFM).
How long do Cerec crowns last?
When it comes to longevity, Cerec crowns last 10-15 years or even more. This is practically the same as other ceramic crowns done in the lab.
Are Cerec crowns safe?
Cerec crowns are made from a solid ceramic block and they are metal-free, thus safer.
Of your tooth crown alternatives, Cerec same-day crowns are a suitable choice because of the speed and ease of the procedure, the precision of the digital impression, the strength and safety of the material.
We are proud to offer this advanced dental technology to the residents of Mount Waverley, Glen Waverley, Burwood East and the surrounding areas, contact us today.