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CEREC Crowns Pros and Cons Over Traditional Crowns

October 26, 2017

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Why CEREC Crowns Are Better Than Traditional Dental Crowns

All across the country, people are gravitating towards more efficient and technologically advanced method of obtaining their crowns as a replacement for a natural tooth. In recent years, Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic (CEREC) Crowns have pushed General and Cosmetic Dentistry forward in a positive direction.

The process of obtaining traditional crowns is widely known to be an extensive process. People will spend around an average of two to three weeks to receive a dental crown; which can make the experience a dreadful one for patients. With the newly developed Computer Aided-Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology, also known as CADCAM Dentistry, our dental office now has the capability to expedite the process of creating crowns for our patients.

This new field of dentistry has provided dentists with one of the greatest achievements in recent history: the CEREC Crown. It's allowed dentists to achieve optimal function and esthetics in order to create natural teeth for their patients. Many people wonder, what's so great about this dental restoration method? Well, it can all be achieved in a single appointment.

Why should you consider CEREC Crowns? We’ll provide a break down of why it would benefit your oral health to opt for CAD/CAM technology. By highlighting the benefits and downfalls in each of the different types of crowns, you’ll learn about why we recommend our patients opt for CEREC Crowns.

CEREC Crowns Pros & Cons

Midtown Dental is one of the few dental offices in the country that has acquired the technology to create a perfect-fitting CEREC Crown. Each crown will look and feel like a real, natural tooth with the aid of the new computer system in the office. To your benefit as the patient, Dr. Jenny Apekian and Dr. Christina Skelton are licensed and certified to operate the CAD/CAM device.

Once your appointment begins, your dentist will create a 3-Dimensional (3D) Digital Impression of your mouth to measure the area where the crown will be placed. That means no more tradition impression material! A small camera is used to take a highly accurate 3D image of your teeth. Once that is finished, the milling unit is utilized to create the Ceramic Crown. Then our team will paint and glaze each tooth to match your other teeth beautifully. After this process is completed, bonding the crown can happen in a matter of minutes.

There's a great deal of benefits of choosing this new technology. If you’re searching for pros and cons of opting in for this method, we’ll start with the benefits of CEREC Crowns:

  • The entire process only takes 2 hours.
  • Digital Impressions are created of your mouth in a matter of minutes.
  • Creation of ceramic crown using our milling unit ensures accuracy & precision.
  • CEREC Crowns look & feel like a real tooth.
  • Aesthetically, there’s no other type of crown that can compete with a CEREC Crown.
  • They can last on average 10-15 years; but if taken care of, they may last much longer.
  • No temporaries, no impressions, and less Post-operative sensitivity.

Our dental staff has found that patients have been unable to provide negative feedback about their new CEREC Crowns. Dr. Jenny Apekian and Dr. Christina Skelton use an in-house computer-aided design system to start the process. The computer-aided design system allows for our dental team to generate an exact measurement of our patients’ mouths and where they'll place the Crowns. Once the design of the CEREC Crown has been created, they then mill (create) the ceramic material with precision – it’s quick and extremely accurate.

The entire process only takes around 2 hours from start to finish, which is one of the greatest benefits of the service provided. This eliminates the grueling process of requiring our patients to schedule multiple appointments for different phases the traditional dental crown requires of them. We care about your time and want to make the most of it!

Are you wondering, “are CEREC Crowns right for me?” Our dental team at Midtown Dental will typically gauge whether or not our patients are candidates based on whether or not they’re recommend for a regular crown. To learn more about this new technology, and to see if it’s something you’re interested in pursuing, read more about CEREC One-Visit Crowns.

Pros & Cons of Traditional Dental Crowns

It wouldn’t be fair to give traditional crowns a bad name in the light of new groundbreaking technology capable of creating CEREC Crowns for our patients. For years, they've served as one of most reliable methods to help people achieve the smile they’ve wanted their whole life. All in all, regular crowns have contributed a great deal of value in helping dental experts progress towards new discoveries using state-of-the-art technology.

Like their new and improved counterpart, regular old-fashioned dental crowns require a post foundation that’s embedded into the bone of the jaw. Made of a combination of porcelain, gold, or silver that’s fused to metal, regular crown provided a strong substitute to replace a natural tooth. The pros of regular dental crowns are that they're:

  • Aesthetically appeal to the look and feel of a regular tooth.
  • Created with sturdy material to create a strong foundation.
  • Alignment and fitting is fairly accurate.

Dentists have had a great deal of time to report the shortcomings of regular dental crowns:

  • It’s a lengthy and extensive process to take impressions of your mouth, create the crown, and place it.
  • Chipping and cracking of porcelain that is fused to a metal coping.
  • Can be fairly expensive depending on material.
  • Temporaries may come off or cause sensitivity while waiting for permanent restoration.

With the addition of this recent groundbreaking technology in the field of dental medicine, it makes sense to opt for this new method of obtaining dental crowns. Midtown Dental recommends that if you’re a candidate for CEREC Crowns, it would beneficial your oral health to opt for this new method.

Ready for Your Next Dental Visit?

Are you looking for a dentist who can provide you with a CEREC Crown to replace a broken/missing tooth? Contact Midtown Dental today to learn whether or not you qualify for CEREC Crowns.