Are Same-Day Crowns as Good as Lab-Made Crowns?

The answer is yes. How do same-day crowns work?
Let’s face it, very few of us have perfect teeth that are free of decay and fillings. You can probably see a filling or two in your own mouth. In many cases, those fillings are made of metal material that can go bad, weaken the tooth, or experience additional decay under or around it. In fact, 1.2 billion of these metal fillings will need to be replaced in the next 10 years. CEREC® is a method used by thousands of dentists worldwide since 1987 not only to replace these fillings but also to restore any tooth that is decayed, weakened, broken, etc. to its natural strength and beauty. Better yet, it’s done in a single appointment, with all-ceramic materials that are the same color as your teeth!

So, how does the CEREC® procedure work?
Once it is determined that your tooth needs to be fixed, the dentist numbs the tooth and prepares the tooth to receive a crown. A digital imprint is taken of the prepared tooth, instead of the the traditional goop impression material. The CEREC® machine helps the dentist create the restoration for your tooth. The CEREC® 3D software takes the digital picture and converts it into a 3-dimensional virtual model on the computer screen. Your dentist then uses his or her dental expertise to design the inserting block into milling chamber restoration using the CEREC® 3D computer program. Within a few minutes, your dentist clicks a button and the restoration design data is sent to a separate milling machine in the office.

It’s glued in during the same appointment and does just as great if not better than a lab-made crown. Best of all, no temporary crowns to wear and no return trip necessary.

serenity_logoPegah S. Salami, DMD