What Are CEREC Crowns?

Dental crowns are often recommended when a tooth is damaged or as part of of a dental bridge or root canal procedure. Dental crowns are small tooth shaped caps that replace the chewing surface of a tooth. There are a variety of materials that can be used for crowns that have different pros and cons. One of the most popular options are CEREC crowns. CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. One of the big benefits of these crowns is that they are made on same-day as your appointment instead of having the dentist place a temporary solution while the crowns are manufactured somewhere else, the crown can be created at your dental office and installed on the same day. 

CEREC Provides Same-Day Dental Crowns

The number one benefit of CEREC crowns is that they are same-day manufacturing. Typically, patients have to wait two weeks for a new crown. At the first visit the dentist takes measurements, and two weeks later the crown is ready to be installed. But with CEREC devices  your dentist can use CAD and CAM (computer-aided design and manufacturing) to take digital images of your tooth. The crown is designed that day, made in the office, and installed all in a single appointment. 

CEREC Crowns Have A Tooth Like Appearance

Your friends and family might not even notice that you have a dental crown. Unlike a metal crown that is usually pretty obvious, a CEREC crown is designed to match the color of your teeth. It has the aesthetic experience of your teeth and because there isn’t a metal core like some crowns that combine metal and a ceramic facade, a CEREC crown reflects light just like teeth do. This is another reason patients look for local dentists that provide CEREC services. 

How Strong Are CEREC Crowns

CEREC crowns are strong and resistant to many forms of damage including abrasion. That said, an important thing to know is if you have a filling, crown, bridge, or implant you are at a higher risk of dental decay at the points where those dental implements meet your other teeth. It is important to never skip yearly dental visits especially if you have crowns, bridges, or other restorative dental solutions. 

Are There Any Cons to CEREC Crowns?

Some of the cons with CEREC crowns are their availability. This is a newer technology and not every dental office that provides dental crowns provides CEREC crowns. Many dental offices use the old fashion method of taking measurements at one appointment and having the patient return a few weeks later for the crown. 

Dental Crowns in Lisbon Maine

If you live in the Lisbon Maine area and need any dental services from exams and cleanings to restorative procedures, please give us a call. We would be happy to help with restorative dental solutions. 

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