The process for a CEREC® crown is not unlike that for traditional crowns, but it’s done right in the dental office, allowing for single-appointment fits. (CEREC®, by the way, stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEramic REConstruction.) Getting a crown fitted in a single appointment reduces pain, sensitivity, and stress for patients. 1 Visit Technology Is Why we are different.
During a fitting for a CEREC® crown, a dentist takes precise measurements using 3-D scanning technology. The scans are then transferred to a processor which creates a model for the all-ceramic tooth, which is then sent to a milling and grinding machine, which creates the single-piece crown in the office. Once that is completed, the dentist can place and fit the tooth in the patient’s mouth.
Comparing CEREC® Crowns and Traditional Crowns
In the hands of a skillful dentist, CEREC® crowns match traditional porcelain and zirconia crowns in terms of durability and appearance. Evan a basic internet search reveals that very few people have problems with these crowns, as long as their dentist knows what they’re doing. The primary benefit of CEREC® crowns is that dentists can create and place them in one session. For people who suffer from dental anxiety, this can be an excellent solution.
While preparing and placing the crown takes as much as with a traditional crown, no temporary crown needs placed and removed, and they don’t have to return to the dentist more than once. Ultimately, that means less time in the dental chair.
In terms of cost, there’s minimal difference. Because the dentist doesn’t have to send an order in to a dental lab, they don’t have to pay any lab fees. However, the dental lab fees are replaced by the dentist’s charges, as they have invested in the CEREC® technology and equipment and training, which they have to pay for.
In terms of appearance, there are reports of CEREC® crowns not being as aesthetically pleasing as traditional ceramic caps. However, this mostly has to do with the skill of the dentist. Cosmetic dentistry takes finesse, and a good dentist is not always a great cosmetic dentist. For front teeth, this may be a consideration. For molars, it won’t make too much of a difference because they’re not as visible, anyway.
CEREC® is not available for gold crowns, other all-metal crowns, amalgam crowns, or resin crowns, so patients who prefer these materials will have to opt for traditional crowns. Call us with your questions – 865-539-1119
Why Dean Cosmetic Dentistry? You honestly won’t find this level of dentistry anywhere else.
Superior training, continuing education, technology and experience are a few reasons to choose our dental office. In 2001, Dr. Dean invested in the breakthrough CEREC System, which enables him to create and fit dental crowns and veneers for the patient many times within one single visit. With 19 years of experience using, watching and being on the front lines of the developing technology, he enjoys applying the use of advanced technology, like the Cerec System and the Galileos 3D Advanced Imaging System to cases of implant, ortho, and rehabilitative dentistry. These are intra-oral scanners that are extremely accurate and virtually eliminate the need for those uncomfortable impressions. Recently, Dr. Dean started using a Solea laser that can restore some teeth with no anesthesia. He uses this for numerous procedures to minimize the sound of the drill, use minimal or no anesthesia, and help improve other procedures while rehabilitating the mouth. Dr. Donnie Dean engages a team approach in providing top level services to his patients, whom he considers family. Having acquired hundreds of study hours with this technology, Dr. Donnie Dean is now a mentor at the Scottsdale and Charlotte Sirona Centers and has trained many dentist in the use of intra-oral scanners for all aspects of dentistry. 865-539-1119 www.deancosmeticdentistry.com
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