Indirect restorations like dental crowns are made in advance and placed at a later date. Patients usually receive temporary crowns to wear while they wait for the permanent crown to be made. This can be inconvenient for busy people who have to make a second trip to the dentist.
Lincroft dentist Dr. Friedman eliminates the wait with same-day crowns using CEREC (CEramic REConstruction) technology. The procedure is quick: your dentist prepares the tooth and takes 3D pictures of the area. These images are sent to the CEREC computer and used to design a custom crown. Finally, the model is sent to a milling machine that carves the crown out of porcelain or resin.
CEREC Crown Benefits
Like any dental procedure, placing crowns comes with risks. When removing decay and cleaning the tooth, the dental pulp can be damaged. The temporary crown can also leak debris and infect the inside of the tooth. CEREC reduces risks in many ways:
- It cuts the time required to make the crown. Instead of several trips to the dentist, you can go home with permanent teeth after one appointment.
- There is no need to wear a temporary crown that may leak.
- Unlike traditional methods, CEREC creates crowns that fit perfectly over the tooth. Perfect fit is the key to dental crowns that last a long time. Loose crowns are rare with CEREC technology, because 3D images of your mouth ensure an accurate representation of the tooth. If a crown doesn’t fit the first time, Dr. Friedman can re-scan your mouth to create a better restoration.
- In-office CEREC crowns costs about the same as crowns made in the lab. CEREC crowns can even cost less because the clinic does not need a lab technician or ceramist to create the crown.
Make an appointment today to find out if a CEREC crown is right for you.