What Is A CEREC Dental Crown?

CEREC dental crowns are one of the marks of a modern dental office. CEREC dental crowns are created in-office, which means dental crowns can be a same-day dental treatment. This is much better than the traditional method for getting dental crowns which requires not only multiple treatments but also potentially waiting weeks with a temporary crown in place. 

What Is A CEREC Dental Crown?

CEREC is an acronym that stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. These crowns have a few key benefits compared to other dental crowns. First and foremost, they are made literally in the dental office. Traditionally, dentists would take measurements and send them to a lab where a dental crown would be custom-made. This process could potentially take weeks or longer and would require patients to receive temporary crowns in the meantime. But CEREC crowns are manufactured in the office. Computer-assisted technology is used to take measurements and then a machine manufactures your crown right in the office. It is similar to how a 3D printer works, although instead of printing the object, an existing ceramic cube is shaped into your unique dental crown. 

Benefits of Same-Day Dental Crowns

There are many reasons you might need a dental crown. Crowns are used to replace the chewing surface of a tooth when it is damaged and are also used for dental bridges or root canal treatments. Moreover, if you already have a dental crown and it suddenly breaks or gets damaged, you will need it replaced as soon as possible. If you lose your dental crown your tooth could be at risk of getting damaged. Traditionally, you would go to the dentist and they would attach a temporary dental crown after getting your measurements. But CEREC technology means you can handle a broken or lost crown in a single day. This saves time and provides better treatment outcomes. On top of that, CEREC crowns are both extremely durable and also are designed to look natural. Unlike porcelain, resin, or metal crowns, CEREC crowns are designed to match the natural color of your teeth. 

Cons of CEREC Dental Crowns

There aren’t many downsides to CEREC dental crowns. Although one downside is that not every dentist provides them. CEREC technology is relatively new, and for many dental offices the traditional method of manufacturing crowns and dental bridges via lab works. When looking for a dentist that is going to handle your restorative work you should check what treatments they provide and what methods they use as they can lead to vastly different experiences and outcomes. 

CEREC Same-Day Dental Crowns in Massachusetts

Varinos Dental Associates has three offices throughout Massachusetts including in Winthrop, Peabody, and Newburyport. If you are looking for a modern dental office that can help with restorative treatments, please contact our team. 

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