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What Are the Benefits of CEREC Dental Crowns?
You need a dental crown and have just heard about CEREC. Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEREC, has changed the dental crown procedure for the better. You can get the restoration in a single visit, which is a huge time-saver. CEREC has other benefits as well.
Benefits of CEREC
CEREC crowns are used to restore damaged teeth. Dentists prepare the teeth, take impressions and fabricate the crowns in a single visit. Dentists that offer CEREC have milling machines in their offices that create crowns out of a block of porcelain. Patients around the country are enjoying the countless benefits these crowns offer.
Keep more of the healthy tooth structure
The dentist must remove the damaged or decayed parts of the tooth when placing a dental crown. For a traditional crown, the dentist also removes most of the healthy tooth structure. This makes the tooth very weak and makes it difficult to conduct additional restorations if needed. The dentist removes much less of the tooth structure when placing a CEREC crown, so the patient does not have to worry about sacrificing the strength of the tooth.
No temporary crowns
Patients must wear temporary restorations for approximately two weeks when getting traditional dental crowns. Temporary crowns can be uncomfortable and are also prone to failure. Eating sticky or hard foods can cause temporary crowns to break or fall out. Patients do not have to wear temporary crowns with CEREC. The permanent restoration is placed in a single visit.
No messy impressions
Most people do not like silicone dental impressions. They must hold the silicon trays in their mouths and it is normal to gag. Dentists do not use silicone impression with CEREC. Instead, dentists take digital impressions for this procedure. The impressions are fast and easy and do not make patients gag.
Dentists use computer technology to create impressions and models for CEREC crowns. Three-dimensional technology improves the accuracy of the crowns. The crowns include the same curves and contours as the natural teeth, so the fit is accurate. This allows the crown to blend in with the natural teeth. Also, people are less likely to experience sensitivity due to the tight fit of the crown.
Dentists choose from a shade chart when creating CEREC crowns. Dentists easily match the shade by examining the patient in the dental chair when selecting a color from the chart. Dentists choose an accurate shade that matches the existing teeth. This makes it difficult to tell the difference between the crown and the real teeth.
Enjoy the benefits of CEREC crowns
If you need a dental crown, consider CEREC. Your dentist will complete the entire procedure in a single visit. You will keep more of your healthy tooth structure than you would with a permanent crown and you do not have to wear a temporary crown. Your dentist will take a digital impression and the fabricated crown will provide a tight and accurate fit and looks like the natural teeth. Talk to your dentist to learn more about these crowns.
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