Are CEREC Single-Visit Dental Crowns Right for You?

Are CEREC Single-Visit Dental Crowns Right for You?

June 12, 2018

Cracked or weak teeth are often protected using dental crowns, also known as “caps” as they are placed over a tooth to cover it. Crowns can also be used to restore the size and shape of a tooth, to improve a tooth’s appearance, or to cover dental implants. Traditionally, dental crowns were made in a dental lab using impressions of your tooth or teeth. The procedure, therefore, required multiple dentist visits over the course of two to three weeks – first to make the impression, then to have the custom-made crown fitted. A temporary crown was often required to protect the tooth being treated while the permanent crown was being made. Advances in technology have made this process much shorter and easier. CEREC crowns use CAD/CAM imaging to produce a crown in just a few hours.

CEREC crowns offer several advantages:

  • The process is quicker. Because the crowns can be created in just two to three hours, patients do not have to wait weeks for their crowns.
  • There’s less discomfort. Eliminating the waiting period also gets rid of the need for temporary crowns, which can be uncomfortable and a bit of a hassle as they require special care.
  • CEREC crowns can match the natural teeth better than traditional crowns. The CEREC system has many tooth shades available, which can help the custom-made crown match your natural teeth perfectly.
  • You’re present while the crown is being made. This makes it easier to make sure that the fit is just right since you’re there to allow for fine-tuning of the color and shape.

The CEREC system can be used for inlays and onlays as well. If you have cosmetic dental issues that you’d like to fix, Dr. Thurmond can help to determine whether CEREC technology is the best option for you.