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- CEREC is cutting edge technology that allows your dentist to diagnose the need for a crown and place it in the same day.
- The CEREC crown is placed faster than traditional crowns and is just as durable.
- CEREC crowns are more accurate than traditional crowns and require less bite adjustment.
- The difference in cost between CEREC crowns and traditional crowns is less than you think, usually only a few hundred dollars.
If you’ve ever had a root canal or broken a tooth, you know that getting a dental crown to correct the problem is unpleasant and time consuming. What if it didn’t have to be? What if you could walk in, have your trouble tooth taken care of, and walk out the very same day? The CEREC crown gives you that option.
What Is a CEREC Crown?
Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic, or CEREC, is a dental device that uses CAD (Computer Aided Design)/CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology to create custom crowns. Cutting edge technology is used to create a digital image of the tooth, the crown is created from a high-quality ceramic block, and then your dentist bonds the CEREC dental crown to your tooth.
How Are CEREC Dental Crowns Different From Traditional Crowns?
Traditional crowns require at least two visits. The first visit entails prepping the tooth and using a gooey substance, usually alginate or polyvinylsiloxane, to make an impression. This impression is sent to a lab that will make the permanent crown. A temporary crown is placed until the permanent crown can be completed. Chances are, the temporary crown will not last the week or two it takes to get the permanent crown back. Once the permanent crown is received, you’ll return for another appointment to have it placed and all bite adjustments done.
The technology of CEREC is faster, cleaner, and easier. An intraoral camera takes the impression of the tooth and sends the readout to the device which creates the custom crown in minutes. The added bonus is that very little bite adjustment is required for the CEREC crowns because they are 50% more accurate than traditional crowns.
How Much Do CEREC Crowns Cost?
You’re probably wondering how much the CEREC crown costs since it’s so convenient, but the answer may surprise you. Usually, insurance carriers will cover at least part of the cost of your CEREC crowns. This means that dthe out of pocket costs for CEREC crowns would be just a few hundred dollars more than traditional crowns. Isn’t it worth a little extra to have everything handled as quick and easy as possible?
The Bottom Line On CEREC Crowns
CEREC crowns are faster and easier than traditional dental crowns. Though they may cost a bit more than the traditional route, CEREC crowns are less mess, more accurate, and save you a lot of time.
If you haven’t had a dental exam lately or you think you may need a crown, contact the professionals at Jefferson Dental Clinic to schedule an appointment at an office near you!