Getting a dental crown is usually a lengthy process that entails multiple trips to the dentist. But CEREC crowns are same-day crowns made with a technology called “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics” (CEREC). As the name indicates, CEREC crowns are ceramic restorations designed and milled in the dental office. CEREC technology saves time by automating the crown fabrication process with precise digital measurements and on-site milling. The result is a perfectly fitted ceramic crown ready within a single appointment.
How Do CEREC Crowns Work?
Dentists make CEREC crowns using CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) technology. Dr. Tostado can use the CEREC machine to craft a durable ceramic crown for you within one visit.
Your appointment will include the following:
- Dr. Tostado will prepare your tooth by removing the outer layer and shaping it to hold a crown.
- Dr. Tostado will scan your teeth with a digital wand and upload the data to a computer program.
- The CEREC machine will carve a crown from a piece of solid ceramic based on digital measurements.
- Dr. Tostado will check the crown’s fit on your tooth and then bond it in place.
The Advantages of CEREC
CEREC same-day crowns have several advantages:
- They save a lot of time since you only need one trip to the dental office.
- They eliminate the need for a temporary crown, which is necessary when you must wait for a traditional crown to be completed.
- Since the CEREC dental crown process is almost completely automated, the margin for error is extremely small. You can expect your same-day ceramic crown to fit very well.
- CEREC crowns are metal-free.
- The digital design process means you won’t need messy dental impressions.
Is a ceramic same-day crown right for you? These crowns are time-savers, but Dr. Tostado may recommend a different type of crown depending on the condition and location of your tooth and other factors.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Tostado to discuss your options for restoring a damaged or decayed tooth with a dental crown. Call our office for an appointment or complete our Request an Appointment form.