CEREC Same-Day Crowns
CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. This high-tech equipment can restore damaged teeth with beautiful custom ceramic crowns in a single visit, completely eliminating the need for multiple appointments over a several-week period. The process can create a ceramic dental crown, inlays, onlays or veneers using a variety of technologies like 3D photography, and a computer-aided design and manufacturing process known as CAD/CAM.
An intraoral camera is used to photograph the tooth, and the picture is loaded onto the computer. Using Computer Aided Design (CAD) technology the image is transformed into a three-dimensional model. This makes it possible to easily calculate appropriate restoration shape and size to create a near-perfect restoration. When the model is ready, a milling machine creates the restoration using a high-speed diamond bur and calculated precision. The restoration is then bonded to the tooth using a resin material. The result is a beautiful restoration made to fit your mouth perfectly. CEREC crowns are metal-free and have been used for more than 20 years.
Frequently Asked Questions about Same-Day Crowns
How long does the CEREC process take?
The CEREC process typically takes about 2-3 hours from start to finish. This includes tooth preparation, digital impressions, design, milling, and placement of the final restoration.
Is CEREC suitable for all types of dental restorations?
CEREC is suitable for a variety of restorations, including crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers. However, its application may depend on the specific case and the dentist's recommendation.
How durable are CEREC Same-Day Crowns?
CEREC crowns are known for their durability and longevity. When properly cared for with regular oral hygiene practices and dental check-ups, they can last for many years.
Is the CEREC technology safe?
Yes, CEREC technology is considered safe. The materials used for CEREC restorations are biocompatible, and the digital impression process eliminates the need for traditional, potentially uncomfortable impression materials.
Does insurance cover CEREC Same-Day Crowns?
Coverage may vary depending on your dental insurance plan. It's advisable to check with your insurance provider to determine the extent of coverage for CEREC restorations.
Can anyone get CEREC Same-Day Crowns?
While CEREC is suitable for many patients, there may be specific cases where traditional crowns or other restorative options are recommended. Your dentist will assess your individual needs and advise on the most appropriate treatment.
Are there any post-placement care instructions for CEREC crowns?
Generally, caring for CEREC crowns involves regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups. Your dentist will provide specific instructions based on your oral health needs.