If you need a crown but don’t want to make more than one trip to the dentist, a CEREC crown might be an option worth considering.
Patients in the Atlanta area might consider exploring this option with Atlanta Sedation Dentistry, a long-time Atlanta-area practice that specializes in CEREC procedures, including same day crowns.
What is crown and why do I need one?
A crown, also called a cap, is a replacement cover that is placed over a tooth to keep it from breaking, or to replace a tooth that is already broken. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including metals and/or ceramic. Traditionally, a patient who needed a crown would have to undergo two appointments. During the first appointment a mold was made to manufacture a permanent crown in a laboratory and a temporary plastic crown was affixed to the tooth. During the second appointment the temporary is replaced with the permanent crown.
What is a CEREC crown?
CEREC(Chair side Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic) is a company that has developed a process for custom designing and manufacturing same-day ceramic dental restorations such as crowns via a Computer Assisted Design system. This allows the dentist to design the crown according to the specific needs of the patient and to manufacture it from a block of ceramic, on-site, and install it all in one appointment.
According to the American Dental Association, CEREC crown procedures are a viable treatment option with a high long-term success rate.
What are some advantages of CEREC crowns?
- Convenience – the permanent crown can be designed and manufactured on site and permanently installed all in the same appointment.
- Cost – the procedure tends to cost less as it only requires one appointment.
- Material – the material used is ceramic; there is no metal. This means that not only is it more visually pleasing but there is no chance of a patient suffering a reaction from a metal allergy.
It is generally agreed that CEREC crowns are most successful on less visible or posterior teeth. This is because it may be difficult to match the color gradients in a patient’s natural teeth with a ceramic block that only has a standard color gradient. Therefore, a patient having a crown done on a front tooth might wish to have the crown designed and built in a laboratory.
Your dentist can help you determine the best option for you. For more information call Atlanta Sedation Dentists at 404-524-1981 or visit the website at www.atlantasedationdentistry.org.