CEREC crowns are designed to strengthen and restore damaged and decayed teeth. Crowns are one of the most commonly used tooth restorations because they are affordable, easy to install and covered (at least partly) by many dental insurance plans.
Why Choose CEREC Crowns?
CEREC Crowns can be used for a wide variety of purposes. Dr. Norton might recommend a crown for you if:
- You have a deeply cracked, worn or fractured tooth
- You have a tooth with a large cavity
- You are undergoing a root canal
- You have a tooth that is abnormally small, strangely shaped or very discolored
Dental crowns are often used in conjunction with other restorative dentistry treatments. For example, crowns can anchor a bridge in place on either side of a missing tooth. With dental implants, a porcelain crown is the finishing touch to create a natural looking smile again.
Dental Crowns Procedure Overview
One of the best advantages of CEREC Crowns is that you will not need to be fitted with a temporary. Unlike Traditional Dental Crowns, CEREC Crowns are fitted as part of a single stage process. During your first visit, your tooth is evaluated using x-rays to determine the amount of damage that needs to be repaired. Dr. Norton will discuss which type of porcelain to use for your CEREC Crown and you will go through a color matching process to pick the right shade to match your surrounding teeth. Your tooth will be prepared by removing a portion of the enamel all the way around and across the top. If the area of decay is significant, a filler material may be used to build up the damaged part of the tooth so it can support a crown.
After the shaping step is complete, a digital scan will be made of the treated tooth as well as the opposing and adjacent teeth. Dr. Norton will design your crown while you watch and will fabricate your final CEREC crown onsite. This way we can be sure that the size, shape and biting surface are an exact match. The goal is to ensure that your restored tooth looks good and is comfortable to use for biting and chewing. Your final CEREC Crown will be bonded to your tooth using a strong dental cement. Any final shaping and polishing will be done at the first appointment stage. Occasionally, patients need a repeat visit to make minor adjustments to the crown.
A local anesthetic is used for the procedure. Any tooth sensitivity after the anesthetic wears off should be temporary. Your crown should feel comfortable and natural when it is properly installed and fitted.
More Information about Dental Crowns
No matter which material you choose, you will need to take care of your crown for long lasting results. This includes regular brushing and flossing and avoiding foods or habits (like chewing ice) that could damage the restoration.