If you have not heard of CEREC crowns, it is time you ask your dentist what this treatment is and how it works. Crowns can play an important role in your oral health and in the way your teeth look and function. Through neglect, you may have tooth decay that a filling cannot sufficiently help. Or, you may crack or break a tooth playing sports, falling down or in an accident. Crowns can repair damaged teeth and preserve your smile. If you have significant issues with your teeth, this crown treatment could be the right solution.
What the crown does
The goal of a dental crown is to strengthen a weakened tooth or to improve the look of a misshapen tooth. The crown will fit right over the affected tooth like a cap. The dentist will match the color to be as close as possible to that of the surrounding teeth. This cap allows the patient to continue chewing normally. Though crowns are durable, they are not indestructible, so the dentist will regularly check it to make sure it is intact and doing its job.
Traditional vs. CEREC
One of the aspects of getting a crown that patients dislike the most is that it can be a long procedure. In most cases, the dentist will take two or three appointments to put a crown on a person’s tooth. At the first appointment, the dentist will make a mold of the person’s mouth and will examine the affected tooth or teeth. At a subsequent appointment or appointments, the actual crown work will take place. The alternative crown process is faster, only requiring one visit to the dentist office.
Some of the steps of putting on a CEREC crown is the same as a traditional one, but there are differences. The dentist will prepare the tooth by taking X-rays and shaving it down so that the crown will fit. The difference here is that the dentist will take photos of the patient’s teeth to make a digital impression. This can be ready quickly, so the dentist can proceed with the restoration right then and there. A machine will create the crown out of ceramic material. The dentist will then polish it and make sure it is the right color.
In addition to a faster process, there are advantages to this procedure over traditional methods. The CEREC crown will even more closely resemble the patient’s other teeth. Plus, the dentist will make sure there is more accuracy with bite and gumline. Dentists also report that these crowns can last longer than their counterparts.
Make the switch
If your dentist informs you that you need a crown because of severe tooth decay, ask about this other method. You can take care of this work in one visit with CEREC crowns instead of two or three. Plus, you can have peace of mind that the crown will have the durability you need to eat the things you want to eat. Make an appointment today and repair your tooth with this method.
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