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Cosmetic Dentistry: CEREC® Crowns vs. Traditional Crowns
Patients who require dental crowns now have the chance to choose between traditional crowns and CEREC® crowns. The needs and preferences of the patient will determine the best choice to protect their teeth. Fortunately, the two options are both ideal for restoring the function and appearance of a damaged tooth. If you are undecided about which to choose, the dentist will guide you through the process.
CEREC® crowns have become popular and for good reason. These crowns are strong and resilient. The production process is also faster than traditional crowns. The CEREC® method uses computer-aided design and manufacturing to produce a dental crown that can survive years of use. The level of precision is higher because the teeth will not need to be milled to get a precise fit.
CEREC® crowns are created on-site in the dental office while the patient waits in the dentist’s chair. The machine produces the crown from a block of porcelain using digital impressions of the patient’s mouth. Porcelain is highly durable. With CEREC® crowns, the entire restoration process is completed in one appointment. The use of computers to produce the dental crowns makes the process highly efficient, accurate and as helpful as possible.
Many dentists promote CEREC® crowns because it is convenient for patients, who can have their smile back sooner. They are durable, natural-looking crowns that can restore the function and appearance of damaged teeth.
Regular dental crowns are coverings for the structure of the tooth above the gumline. They can be fabricated from different types of materials, including metal, ceramic, and resin composite. These crowns are popular and relatively more affordable than the CEREC® option. However, the placement procedure requires two dental appointments.
Moreover, the placement of traditional crowns requires that the dentist files down a layer of the tooth enamel to ensure that the new crown fits correctly over the tooth. They will take impressions with a putty material and forward it to the dental lab that will create the dental crown. Until then, the patient will have to wear a temporary crown. When the crown's production is complete, the patient will come in for the second appointment. During the appointment, the dentist will replace the temporary crown with the permanent one.
If you need dental crowns, you can consult with the dentist to know which type of crown would be suitable to restore your teeth. The dentist will discuss factors such as tooth location, cost and oral habits before recommending traditional crowns or CEREC® crowns. So, consider your budget and the dentist’s professional opinion, and you will be able to choose the right crown for your cosmetic dentistry procedure.
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