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.
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 entire process involves 4 simple steps:
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.
The captured images are transferred to a computer and with CEREC software, it creates a 3d printed crown.
The restoration is then quickly milled from a ceramic block in the Cerec machine. This only takes a few minutes.
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.
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).
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.
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.