I’ve always had traditional crowns. Now my dentist has this new CEREC machine and is suggesting I have a CEREC crown. Before I get something different, I wanted to make sure they’re okay. I noticed you used them as well and wondered what you like about them over the traditional variety.
I always think it is important for patients to understand exactly what they’re getting along with the options available to them.
CEREC Crowns are Placed in Just One Appointment
With your traditional crowns, your dentist would provide you with a temporary crown and send specific instruction to a lab to make your permanent ones. There is usually a two week wait time before your crowns are ready to be bonded. With CEREC crowns, your permanent restoration is milled right there in the office at the time of your appointment. You will leave with your permanent crown already bonded and ready to go.
CEREC Crowns Look Like Natural Teeth
Unlike porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, these are milled from a block of porcelain without the need for a metal base. Because of that, they will have the shine and translucency of your natural teeth. Plus, they will never develop a gray line at the gumline the way their metal-based counterparts do.
CEREC Crowns Do Not Cost Extra
With the benefit of not needing two appointments and the crowns looking more natural, you’d think there’ would be a greater cost. Fortunately, that is not the case. While the CAD-CAM machines which are used to create CEREC crowns run a dentist a significant amount of money, the cost ends up about the same as with other dental crowns because the dentist is saving money he would normally have to spend on lab fees.
Giving Yourself a Youthful Smile
If you are having a CEREC crown made on a tooth which is visible when you smile, you may want to consider getting your teeth whitened. The color your CEREC crowns are made will be permanent. If you are considering teeth whitening, it is best to have it done before your crown is designed by your dentist. This way it can be made to match your new brighter, more youthful color of teeth.
You can, of course, have teeth whitening done at a later date. Just be aware that the special gel your dentist will provide only works on natural tooth structure. While your teeth will whiten, the crown will not.
This blog is brought to you by Hilton Head Dentist Dr. Bonnie Rothwell.