Posted by Dr. Julie Boudreault On 7-02-2023
With CEREC technology, Milltown Dental offers the most advanced and safest methods for restoring dental crowns and bridges. Here are a few basics about CEREC technology:
- CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (also known as ceramic reconstruction).
- CEREC crowns are dental prosthetics placed permanently on a targeted tooth that cannot support a filling, is rundown by bacteria, is chipped off, or discoloured.
- These crowns are caps, and we only place them on compromised teeth to protect them from further wear.
- At Milltown Dental, we use computer-assisted technology (CAD) available on-site to design, create, and install these crowns. The entire process can take a single visit.
Cavities, fillings, and grinding food can wear out the crowns on your teeth over time. Dental crowns or bridges can also address misalignment and gaps in your teeth. Our goal at Milltown Dental is to help you make the most informed dental choices while still preserving the aesthetics of your smile.
The Advantages of a CEREC Crown
CEREC crowns have a lot of advantages. Here are just some of the CEREC crown benefits:
One might think that dental crowns made in a single visit are not as good as traditional crowns. Fortunately, that’s not the case. With CEREC crowns, you can get a long-lasting and resilient restoration for your tooth. In fact, a CEREC crown can last up to ten years, and the porcelain material's tensile strength is excellent. Due to this durability, CEREC crowns will save you time and money.
We all dread multiple dentist appointments for what could be a quick procedure. CEREC crowns solve this problem, as implantation takes less than an hour. One dental appointment covers everything you need. In the end, your smile is restored, and your teeth are strengthened.
You will receive a brand-new crown in just one visit with the quick-design process. By avoiding multiple dental visits, you do not need to worry about missing work or classes. Instead, you can save time and get results the same day with CEREC crowns.
3. Unnecessary temporary crowns
In the case of traditional dental crowns, your dentist will place a temporary crown over your tooth to protect it between appointments. With a CEREC crown procedure, you will not have to wear a temporary crown while awaiting your custom crown to be made by the laboratory.
4. No messy dental impressions
Since the dentist will take digital impressions of your teeth to create a 3D model, dental plaster is not required. Instead, we will capture your teeth’s alignment and shape. CEREC eliminates the need for bulky, messy, and uncomfortable impression trays.
5. More convincing appearance
You might not even know that you have a CEREC crown on your tooth. It tends to blend in better with your teeth because it doesn’t have a metal core. As a result, you can enjoy an enhanced, natural-looking smile.
The CEREC Crown Procedure
Dental Examination and Preparation
A dental exam is the first step in determining if a CEREC crown is right for you. In addition, we will need to assess whether you have a healthy tooth structure. After reviewing your options, we will begin the process by preparing the damaged tooth and anesthetizing it. This procedure involves the removal of decay as well as weakened tooth tissue. The dentist will then dry the area and prepare it for the next step.
Next, an intraoral camera will be used by the dentist to take a digital camera scan of your teeth. A digital image of the tooth surface will be created by the computer’s software. In order to create a 3-D model of your tooth, the machine converts and stitches together several static images.
The Milling Process
As part of this step, the machine will create a customized dental crown for your tooth. Depending on the original colour of your tooth, the dentist will select the closest-coloured ceramic block. After using the device, a crown can be made. Additionally, a brand-new crown can be milled in approximately 15 minutes.
Fitting the Crown
The newly made crown is now ready for fitting. The dentist will ensure that you have the correct fit and bite and will polish and cement the crown to your tooth to bond it in place.
How does a CEREC crown compare to a traditional crown?
Dental caps can also be restored with traditional crowns. Several things make them different from CEREC crowns. For example:
- Traditional crowns are made by taking a mould of your teeth. Afterwards, a temporary crown is placed on your teeth until your next appointment, where the traditional crown is tested. Should the crown not fit correctly, you will need to return to the dentist until an appropriate crown is found. Compared to a CEREC crown, this procedure is time-consuming.
- Some materials used in traditional crowns do not always offer the aesthetic appeal of CEREC crowns. There are times when traditional crowns use metal that is noticeably different from the usual off-white colour of natural teeth.
- Metal used in traditional crown dental restorations may cause allergic reactions.
Here at Milltown Dental, we believe that CEREC crowns are a reliable and effective option for protecting your smile and teeth. In order to preserve the aesthetic appeal of your smile, we are committed to providing you with the information you need to make informed decisions about your oral healthcare.
Get in touch with us today to find out more about our wide range of dental services, such as restorative CEREC dental crowns, bridges, and more. Please contact Milltown Dental in Milton if you would like to schedule an appointment or would like to learn more about CEREC crowns. Call us at 833-318-3281 or contact us online.