CEREC Same Day Dental Crowns
When deciding to receive a dental crown to restore your teeth, you probably want to see results as soon as possible. Usually, a dental crown can take up to two weeks before a patient receives their crown after the impression has been made during the previous appointment.
But we are here today at East Village Dental Centre to tell you that you can receive a dental crown in a single afternoon thanks to advanced dental technology.
How CEREC Crowns Can Give You a New Smile In a day
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, and it is a relatively recent innovation in the dental world that helps patients get their crowns in a day rather than weeks. But how does this work?
The crowns are created using computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing, or CAD/CAM to design and build the crowns at the office. Traditionally, a dental crown would need to be made in a lab using the impression data and then shipped to the office. This is ultimately why a dental crown can take a long time to receive from the patient’s perspective.
A CEREC crown is created using a block of ceramic that is carved out by a machine using collected data from scans taken of the tooth where the crown will be placed. This results in a crown that fits perfectly onto the patient’s tooth. Essentially, a CEREC crown skips the intermediate step of having an outside source creating the crown.
Is There a Catch with CEREC Crowns?
There are a few things to note about CEREC crowns, but they are as stated. You will have a reasonably strong crown that aesthetically looks great thanks to ceramic’s ability to closely mimic the shade and translucency of teeth. However, they are only as good as the data collected. If the scan is collected inaccurately and/or the data entered is off, then the result will be a poor fit. We are experienced using this new technology at our office, but this is worth noting as more and more dentist offices are adopting this technology that is a more recent innovation.
Additionally, CEREC crowns are not a good fit for teeth that have damages below the gumline as the cameras used for the scans only pick up what is visible to the eye. In most cases, patients will be able to choose a CEREC crown if they wish, especially if the reasons are for cosmetic purposes.
CEREC crowns typically cost more than the equivalent traditional ceramic crown, but the difference isn’t as vast as you may initially think. In fact, it is only a few hundred dollars that separates them in most cases.
Lastly, if you want a different material than ceramic then CEREC crowns won’t be able to fulfill that. If you wish to have a porcelain crown, for instance, which is considered one of the most durable crown materials, it will need to be created the traditional way.
Modern life can be busy and fast-paced. If one of your teeth is damaged, setting aside some time to receive a dental crown can seem a bit impossible especially if you are required to take at least two appointments in a week or several weeks. For many patients, that’s a time commitment that has to come straight out of their workday.
However, with improvements in dental technology, transforming treatments such as dental crowns makes it easier, faster, and more convenient than ever. CEREC same day crowns easily cut down the time that you spend visiting the dentist and everything can be finished for you in just one appointment.
East Village Dental Centre are Chicago dentists certified to use the CEREC crown restoration system. They will restore your damaged teeth in one visit, saving you more time and inconvenience.
How Long Do Same Day Crowns Last?
If you are thinking about getting a CEREC same day crown, you might be wondering how long it can last. Ideally, dental crowns, including same-day crowns can last for five to 15 years. The convenience of one visit crown does not mean that it is of cheap quality.
The time frame may be significantly longer if you practice remarkable oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly for checkups as well as deep cleaning. However, it may be shorter in case you do not practice good oral hygiene. Some of the good dental habits you can include are avoiding eating overly hard foods such as hard candies, eating a healthy and balanced diet, limiting your intake of soda and sugary food, and avoiding sticky foods such as caramel or toffee.
Are CEREC Crowns as Good as Traditional Crowns?
To answer this question, it is important first to understand what traditional crowns and CEREC® crowns are made of and which material is stronger. Traditional crowns are constructed using metals such as stainless steel, silver, or gold. These materials stand out more and you need to take several appointments with your dentist. On the other hand, the CEREC crown is made from resin or ceramic materials.
A computer-aided technology is utilized to make the crowns and will give them a more comfortable fit. A CEREC crown can be made in a single visit and no temporary crown is required.
How Quickly Can a Crown Be Made?
It takes about four to 20 minutes for a CEREC machine to make a new custom crown which is a very impressive amount of time when compared to traditional crowns which take about two to three weeks in an offsite lab to make a crown for a patient.
The total time to place a CEREC crown in your mouth takes about two hours making it possible for busy patients to have the treatment done after work before heading to their homes.
Is a CEREC Crown Worth It?
In our opinion and we are certain that many patients will agree, the convenience of just one appointment and the high quality of the crown makes a CEREC crown worth it. To people who postpone dental work because they think it costs too much or it’ll take too long, they should consider having a CEREC same-day crown.
Request a Chicago Dental Crown Appointment Today!
If you need a new crown or fast tooth restoration around Chicago, East Village Dental Centre and our friendly staff are ready to help you find a customized solution with CEREC same-day crowns.
Contact us to schedule your appointment today!