For years, dental crowns have taken multiple steps and a couple of weeks to complete - involving goopy dental impressions, temporary crowns, and off-site dental labs. Of course, this also means scheduling an additional appointment with your dentist and waiting a couple of weeks for a permanent crown.
Today, CEREC crowns (a.k.a. same-day crowns) have appeared on the scene and these high-quality crowns are changing the patient experience. Let’s take a look at their benefits.
Taking Impressions Has Gone Digital
Have you ever had impressions taken? If so, then you have likely experienced the thick pink putty in the styrofoam trays. It is uncomfortable, can trigger the gag reflex, and may even make you think that your teeth are stuck for good.
With CEREC crowns, digital impressions are used. And that means no more putty. Instead, a scanner takes a very accurate impression for a perfect fit.
A High Level of Precision
Rather than having someone in a lab create the dental crown, the CAD / CAM technology does a very precise job. You will be able to see the crown created on the screen using the computer-aided design and manufacturing software system. Then, when it is just right, it will be sent to the in-office milling machine where it is sculpted out of tooth-colored composite material.
Just because CEREC dental crowns are made in less time than traditional crowns does not mean they are any less effective or have a shorter lifespan. In fact, these crowns can last as long as 15 years!
Keep in mind that their longevity is often directly linked to how well they are cared for. You will want to maintain optimal oral health by brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist for routine cleanings and exams.
No Need for a Temporary Crown
Temporary crowns are often placed on teeth while waiting for a permanent crown to come back from the lab. This could mean weeks of going through life being extra careful due to your temporary crown.
With a CEREC crown, you don’t have to worry about being careful with a temporary crown because you won’t have one. You get your real crown when you need it - on the day of your dental visit. No need to come back weeks later. Talk about convenience.
Same-Day Dental Crowns
Perhaps one of the most exciting benefits of CEREC crowns is that they are completed right there in the office - on the same day as your appointment. You won’t find yourself leaving with a temporary crown. Instead, you will leave with your permanent crown!
Not only is this convenient, but it creates a better experience overall.
CEREC Crowns at Aliso Smiles
Are CEREC crowns a great choice for you? At Aliso Smiles, we don’t believe patients should have to wait to complete their dental work. That’s why we invested in and use CEREC technology to design crowns, bridges, and other restorations in just one day.