With the advancement in the field of dentistry, patients are gravitating towards more efficient, state-of-the-art methods of manufacturing dental crowns as replacements for missing teeth. In recent years, Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic (CEREC®) crowns have made the dentistry experience more comfortable, cost-effective, and time-effective for both patients and Reich Dental Center – Roswell.
CEREC® Crowns Explained
CEREC® crowns are not as different as regular crowns, though their construction may be more accurate and certainly is less time consuming than normal crowns.
Although normal crowns may be made from metal, porcelain, resin, and a combination of these materials, CEREC® crowns are only made from high-grade porcelain. The most common types of porcelains used to make both CEREC® and normal crowns are E-Max and zirconia.
Using the Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology, our doctors can create your crown from a single block of porcelain.
Both E-Max and zirconia have the highest strength of the porcelain and are extremely durable. They blend seamlessly with your teeth and are not easily chipped off. With these porcelains, you can expect your CEREC® crown to last you for over 15 years.
What Does A CEREC® Crown Construction Involve?
If you are recommended a CEREC® crown by our doctors, we will first need to take images of your mouth.
For a normal crown construction, we will take a putty-like material and place it in your mouth to get a physical impression of your teeth. For CEREC crowns, however, an intraoral camera will take digitized 3D images of your tooth and mouth and send it to the CAD/CAM system.
Once there, we can adjust the digital model of your crown so that it fits perfectly onto your tooth. The model is then sent to the CEREC® machine which will mill out a replica that matches the shape of your natural tooth exactly.
The entire process does not take more than 30 minutes and is completed in one appointment.
Benefits of CEREC® Crown
CEREC® crowns have several benefits over traditional crowns:
Cons of CEREC® Crown
Though CEREC® crowns are very accurate and convenient, they have a few limitations. To overcome them, a normal crown may be a better choice.
If you are interested in getting a CEREC® crown, contact us at 770-992-3353 to schedule an appointment with us.