Before, it would take multiple weeks to get a dental crown when you had a damaged or structurally compromised tooth. Today, it doesn’t take nearly as long to get what you need to protect your tooth because of CEREC Same-Day Crowns. With the CEREC system, you can have a custom-made crown in a small fraction of the time. Read on to learn more about the creation process and how long it takes for your crown to be made.
How Is a CEREC Crown Made?
Making a CEREC crown is a relatively simple process. First, a three-dimensional impression is taken of your teeth with the use of a small camera. The entire impression is made digitally, so there is no need for you to bit into a mold. After this, the CEREC machine uses computer-aided design and manufacturing to fabricate the tooth from a block of porcelain. Because photos and computer models are so accurate, the crown is made to your dentist’s exact specifications. Once the crown is made, it is then glazed and color-matched to be the exact shade of your surrounding teeth. Lastly, your dentist places your permanent crown.
How Long Does It Take to Make a CEREC Crown?
Overall, it takes about two hours for your crown to be crafted. This can be done in a single dental visit. You just need to sit in the chair for a quick photo impression, and the computer does pretty much the rest of the work for you. It only takes a few minutes for your dentist to place the crown when it is complete, and then you will be on your way!
What Are the Benefits of CEREC Crowns?
CEREC crowns are just as reliable and durable, but they are so much quicker to make and attach than traditional crowns. Crowns typically last anywhere from 10 to 15 years, but can last even longer with proper care. This type of crown is made from porcelain, the preferred material for crowns and veneers.
Am I a Candidate for a CEREC Crown?
The only way to know if you are a good candidate for a crown is by seeing your dentist. Typically, this type of restoration is usually recommended for patients who have:
- A severely decayed tooth with a large filling
- A broken tooth that needs extra support
- A tooth that has just received root canal therapy
- A tooth that is severely misshapen or discolored
With modern dental technology, crowns can be made faster than ever before! Talk to your dentist to learn if CEREC Same-Day Crowns are right for you!
About the Author
Dr. Mario DeNicola earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and has completed 300 hours of AGD-approved continuing education courses. Currently, he is a proud member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Virginia Dental Association, and Shenandoah Valley Dental Association. To learn more about CEREC Same-Day Crowns or to schedule an appointment at his office in Harrisonburg, visit his website or call (540) 432-6616.