Same Day CEREC Crowns
CEREC®, short for Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic has pioneered this dental crown procedure. It has been used it dental offices for almost 35 years. CEREC crowns are basically crowns that are designed with the aid of a computer, and as computers are getting more powerful, the procedure has improved drastically over time. The CEREC process uses many computer-assisted design (CAD) tools and a milling machine that gives dentists the ability to create custom-made ceramic restoratives in a same day visit. In 2017, most commercial crowns in the US were made utilizing CAD/CAM technology....CEREC type technology in dental labs has become mainstream.
With traditional dental crowns, patients need to visit our office a few times (with lag time in between them), to restore damaged teeth using procedures such as crowns, lays, inlays or dental veneers. However, with CEREC crowns, patients do not have to wait because CEREC has the ability to make ceramic restorations within minutes. Here is a brief video on how the procedure works.
CEREC Crowns VS Traditional Crowns
The main advantage with CEREC is that the entire process is done in one day. It eliminates the multiple visits needed with traditional dental crowns. If finding time for appointments is an issue or reducing the amount of time in a dental chair is a concern, them CEREC dental crowns are the right choice for you.
CEREC crowns can be used on any tooth, however a posterior tooth doesn't require as high a level of esthetics to match the neighboring teeth. For a tooth in which matching esthetics needs a very high level (e.g. matching a front tooth), then our dentists will decide what the appropriate method would be best for you after the dental exam.
Like any dentistry procedure, it is highly dependent on the skills of the individual dentist. Dr. Jessica Nien, who works both in our Milpitas and San Jose dental offices takes great pride in her expertise using the CEREC procedure or dental crown restoration. Lastly, CEREC crowns are not necessarily better. They are definitely more convenient, but there are circumstances in which they might not be the best choice such as if you often clench and grind your teeth.
What Do CEREC Crowns Cost?
Many people might think that CEREC crowns, inlays and onlays are expensive because they offer more benefits than the traditional approach. Because there are no lab fees involved and you only need to schedule a single appointment with the dentist, the price of a CEREC crown is actually about the same price as a traditional dental crown.
Every patient is different and so it is difficult to give price estimates without a full mouth exam to determine if there are other dental issues that have necessitated the crown. It is also important to remember that because crowns last many years, teeth whitening should precede the crown restoration.
How Long Do CEREC Crowns Last?
CEREC one-visit porcelain crowns are designed to be long-lasting, and some patients seeing up to 25 years or more of use from them. However, there are many factors that can impact the longevity of your dental crowns. When placing a CEREC crown, Dr. Jessica Nien and our San Jose or Milpitas team of skilled dentists utilize the most advanced techniques available to ensure the best possible outcome. Even with ideal dental treatment, there are certain behaviors that will affect how long your CEREC crown will last. We have the use of our CEREC machine in both our San Jose and Milpitas dental offices for your convenience.
As a comparison, a porcelain crown typically lasts between 10-15 years with proper care, though some crowns may last up to 30 years. However, if you are prone to grinding or clenching your teeth, the lifespan of your restoration can be significantly reduced for example.
The Benefits of Choosing CEREC
Different situations warrant different types of crowns. Dr. Nien will discuss your situation and determine is a same day crown is right for you. Our dental team at Sweet Tooth Care is happy to answer any questions you may have about crowns, CEREC, or any other aspect of your oral health.
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