May 13, 2023
The biggest reason why many people choose CEREC crowns over traditional crowns can be summed up in one word: speed. The CEREC system allows you to receive your final restoration much sooner than you would otherwise. So what will the timeline ultimately look like? Before you schedule an appointment with your dentist to receive a CEREC crown, you should learn more about the process and how long it typically takes.
What are the Steps of Getting a CEREC Crown?
The CEREC process consists of 6 simple steps, all of which take place at your dentist’s office:
- Step 1: Examination: Your dentist will evaluate your oral health and decide whether or not you’re a candidate for a CEREC crown.
- Step 2: Preparation: The tooth will have to be reshaped before the crown is applied. Enamel will be removed as necessary.
- Step 3: Impression: A small camera captures numerous pictures of your mouth. Said pictures are combined into a comprehensive digital model.
- Step 4: Design: A special computer will design your crown. The digital model of your smile will be used to determine the appropriate shape and size for the restoration.
- Step 5: Creation: The crown that was designed in the previous step will be milled out of a block of ceramic.
- Step 6: Placement: Finally, the crown is attached to the tooth with dental cement. Adjustments may be made to ensure that the crown doesn’t throw off your bite.
How Long Does It Take to Get a CEREC Crown?
All of the steps listed above can be completed during the same appointment. The design and creation of the crown can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 45 minutes, and altogether the process can typically be finished in roughly two hours.
As you can imagine, this is much less time than it would take to get a traditional crown, which would normally call for two appointments scheduled a few weeks apart. With CEREC, there’s no wait time; you can get your crown in just a day!
Are CEREC Crowns Just as Reliable as Traditional Crowns?
Just because CEREC crowns are made faster doesn’t mean they aren’t still a high-quality option for restoring damaged teeth. In general, you can expect your CEREC crown to last as long as a traditional crown; on average, this can mean around 10 to 15 years, although it does depend on the care you give your restoration.
The next time you need a crown, it’s worth remembering the convenience that the CEREC system has to offer. Ask your dentist if they can provide CEREC crowns and whether they recommend one for your grin.
About the Author
Dr. Joseph Vollo – or Dr. Joe as our staff calls him – went to SUNY Buffalo for his Doctor of Dental Surgery and completed his Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the Western New York Veterans Hospital. He believes in enhancing the care his patients in Rochester receive with modern technology, which is why he offers same-day CEREC crowns. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Joe at Vollo Dental Group, visit his website or call (585) 225-9114.
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