Need a Crown? Here’s why you may want to Look at CEREC!
- Posted on: Oct 15 2016
Needing a crown used to mean at least a couple of visits to the dental office. Now, patients are able to streamline their restoration process, all thanks to the innovative technology we know as CEREC.
What is CEREC?
CEREC, or CEramic REconstruction, is essentially a method of tooth repair that involves innovative CAD/CAM technology. It’s sophisticated, and yet it makes tooth repair ultra convenient. Most people consider this approach valuable because it cuts out the middle man, or the dental lab, in this case. In so doing, CEREC crowns make it possible to complete the whole process in a single day.
What made CEREC crowns different
Sophisticated impression-taking leads to greater accuracy. CEREC does not require the standard putty impressions. Instead, digital images are taken of the tooth. Research indicates that standard impressions can have between 20 and 40 inconsistencies, which ultimately transfer to the final crown.
How does CEREC technology work?
- Accuracy is achieved through the use of outstanding, solid porcelain, rather than a powder liquid. And, because the final restoration is not shipped from one location to another, it will not become hot or cold, which could make it expand or shrink, prior to placement on the tooth.
- Once a porcelain ceramic crown, inlay, or onlay is in place, the way that it expands and contracts will mimic the natural tooth. The similar rate of movement is advantageous because it significantly diminishes the risk of fracture or loosening of the margins around the restoration.
- A CEREC crown is bonded, not cemented to the tooth. The bonding technique is associated with greater durability and longevity due to the accuracy and strength of the seal around the tooth.
Do CEREC crowns look natural?
The digital impression system replicates the natural tooth. This is important, because it means that the new restoration will fit against the opposing tooth just the same way that the original tooth did.
What is my CEREC crown needs minor alterations?
The dentist assess the CEREC restoration from beginning to end of the process. If needed, revisions and minor alterations can be made immediately, in one visit, rather than being sent back to the dental lab for modification.
Is getting a CEREC crown uncomfortable?
Only a single numbing is needed for a CEREC restoration, in most instances. The tooth is numbed in order to remove the damaged portion comfortably. Because no temporary is placed, the final seating of the CEREC restoration is simple and comfortable without further anesthetic.
How long do CEREC restorations last?
Simplified replacement. CEREC restorations can last many years, and most of them do. However, in the unforeseen circumstance that a crown is broken, we are able to recreate the same structure because the initial model is saved in a digital file.
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