The CEREC crown system has taken the world of cosmetic and restorative dentistry by storm, offering patients a state-of-the-art treatment that delivers a crown in a single appointment and making use of a streamlined and less complicated treatment process. Below, we discuss how the CEREC system differs from the traditional method of designing, fabricating and fitting a crown.
How does the CEREC system differ from traditional crowns?
The CEREC system is a revolutionary way of creating bespoke crowns for patients, saving time and energy for patient and dentist alike. This way of creating of creating crowns involves taking high resolution 3D images of your teeth in order to create an accurate restoration that suits your existing teeth and features.
You won’t need to visit the practice more than once
Traditional crowns require patients to visit the practice for at least 2 appointments. In order to create the crowns, your dentist has to take impressions of your teeth which are sent away to a dental laboratory off-site where your crowns are created. By contrast, CEREC crowns are designed, fabricated and fitted on-site and in a single day.
No need for a temporary crown
As outlined above, because CEREC crowns are milled on-site, you won’t need to wear a temporary crown as you would if you were having a crown created in the traditional way, saving time and cost.
You won’t need to deal with uncomfortable alginate impressions
When you undergo treatment to have a crown, your dentist will need to take impressions (moulds) of your teeth. In order to obtain a foundation for the design of your crown, the CEREC systems offers the patient and dentist the hassle-free digital way of doing this with a simple scan of your teeth. This is as opposed to using the widely unpopular ‘gloop-like’ impression material associated with traditional impressions, inducing a gag reflex in many people as well as yielding a mould that is less accurate than that obtained by using the digital method. Your dentist won’t need to repeat the process over and over which means less time in the dentist’s chair. The success of the impressions is reflected in statistical evidence, which showed that when tested for clinical acceptability, 85% of crowns produced with digital impressions system were acceptable, versus 74% in the case of alginate versions. This patient-friendly way of taking impressions is arguably one of the biggest advancements in modern dentistry to date.
If you would like to know more about the CEREC system or discuss potential treatment, contact us to arrange a consultation here in Northampton.