A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth. Crowns can be used to protect weak or cracked teeth, to restore that size and shape of a tooth, and to improve the appearance of teeth or dental implants.
In the past, dental crowns typically required multiple dentist visits. Often, a temporary crown would be put in place while a permanent version made of metal, ceramic, porcelain, or a combination of these materials was custom-made in a lab to fit your specific tooth.
This process often took two to three weeks, during which patients had to wait, take a great deal of care with a temporary crown, and worry about the upcoming procedure. The need for more than one dentist visit caused additional stress for patients – and even made some people hesitate to get the work done, even though they needed it.
Advances in technology, however, have shortened this time for many people. Now, CEREC crowns are often an option. These crowns use CAD/CAM imaging to create a perfect image of the tooth and produce a crown. Many crowns can be completed this way in just a few hours.
Here are some of the top reasons people chose CEREC crowns:
- The process is quicker. Instead of waiting two to three weeks, most CEREC patients can have their crown done in about 2-3 hours.
- There’s less discomfort. The 2-3 week traditional wait often involved taking messy impressions of the tooth, then wearing a temporary crown between appointments. CEREC’s CAD/CAM imaging eliminates the need for impressions, and it typically doesn’t require the use of a temporary crown at all.
- CEREC crowns often match the natural teeth better than other crowns. The CEREC system offers several tooth shades to help the crown match your own teeth more perfectly.
- You’re present while the crown is being made. In the past, impressions were sent to an outside lab, which made the crown without ever seeing the actual person who would wear it. CEREC crowns can be made while you’re in the same office, which allows for better fine-tuning of color and shape.
- CEREC can do inlays and onlays, too. If your dentist determines that an inlay or onlay would better serve your specific dental needs, CEREC can be used for these as well.
When your dentist recommends a crown, it’s important to ask any questions you have about the recommendation. Make sure you understand why your dentist recommends a crown, which crown options are available, and what the crown should do for the specific dental conditions you have.
Dr. Jason Dittberner and his staff want each of our patients to feel comfortable with their dental care, from confidently choosing the right dental work to knowing you can trust our staff. That’s why we work hard to treat all our patients like family.