Why have dental crowns in one day?
If you have ever had a dental crown or inlay ( ceramic white filling) before you will note that they take at least two appointments. This means you need to take time out of your busy diary twice, plus it means that you will need to have two rounds of dental injections… Something which most people would want to avoid given half the chance!
Same day dental crowns using CEREC allows you to have only one injection and have the Crown completed in a single visit, often in a couple of hours. This saves you money and valuable time wasted at the dental practice.
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What is CEREC?
CEREC is a new type of dental crown technology which enables us to use the most advanced CADCAM ( Computer Assisted Design Computer Assisted Manufacturer) technology. When you have a conventional dental crown made your dentist will take a rubber impression of your teeth, this is the ‘gooey’ material that so many people dislike. A temporary crown will then be fitted whilst the skilled dental technician makes your new tooth. Roughly 2 weeks later you would have to attend the dentist, enduring another dental injection so that the dentist can fit your new crown.
This new technology for dental crowns allows us to do away with the goo, the temporary crown and that additional appointment. You simply sit and wait in our patient lounge whilst your new crown is born in our computer assisted manufacturing milling centre.
CEREC can be used to make either full crowns or inlays. Full dental crowns are made when you’re tooth is badly broken down, possibly with parts that have chipped off. An inlay is made when only a small section of your tooth needs to be replaced. Only by having a full dental assessment will you be able to know whether you will require a full crown or inlay.
How does CEREC work?
The Cerec technology process starts with a visit your dentist. Once it has been decided that you will have a single visit Crown or inlay the next step is to gently prepare the teeth ready to accept your new advanced dental crown or inlay. The preparation is done under local anaesthetic to ensure the process is comfortable.
Once the tooth has been adequately prepared the dentist will then take a digital impression (this is what replaces the conventional impression goo). This digital impression is then sent to our computer where we can design your new tooth. This design is done with the help of the computer assisted design software to totally replicate the original tooth. In fact, this software is so advanced it is able to calculate exactly what your original tooth would have looked like based on anatomical information it can take from the surrounding teeth. This means that CEREC is able to recreate what used to be there prior to the teeth being decayed, very clever technology indeed.
This Cerec video explains more about how the process works
Once the machine has worked its wonders and manufactured your new dental crown or inlay you will have the opportunity to see how it looks before you commit to having it finally fitted permanently into place. Once you are happy the Crown is then bonded into place using a special high-strength dental composite material which adheres to both your natural tooth and the new dental crown bonding the two together.
CEREC crowns disadvantages
There really are noticed advantages to having a crown made using this technology. Case selection is always of paramount importance and we will only make one of these advanced dental crowns for you if we believe that your clinical situation is suitable. Traditional Crowns would mean having a dental impression, two dental injections and waiting at least two weeks between your appointments.
How much does a CEREC crown cost?
The good news is that even though the technology and investment in Cerec is substantial we are able to offset this against a laboratory made crown as we do not have the fee charged by the dental technician. We can pass this saving on to you and so typically the cost of a Cerec crown is less than the cost of a laboratory made crown, even though the convenience of Cerec is far greater as you have to wait less time.
Full details of the cost of Cerec are on our dental price guide page.