Dental crowns are a long-standing and proven treatment option to fix a host of dental issues such as: weakened teeth, root canal treated tooth, cracked or broken teeth, creating a dental bridge or covering a dental implant.
Traditionally a dental crown is constructed in a dental lab, meaning that as a patient, getting a crown is a two visit procedure – one to prep and take an impression of the tooth and the second, usually about 2 weeks later, to place the crown. In the interim 2 weeks, the patient is fitted with a temporary crown.
Wouldn’t it be great if a dental crown could be completed in just one visit instead? Well now the technology for same-day crowns exists and is offered at Millennium Dental in Calgary SE!
CEREC – same-day crowns
CEREC, which is an acronym that stands for Ceramic Reconstruction, are crowns that are milled by a high-tech milling machine inside our Calgary dental clinic.
CEREC crowns are made using CAD software which takes a 3D image of the tooth and transfers it to the milling machine. The CEREC crown is both natural looking and strong because it is milled from a solid block of ceramic material.
Since the crown is constructed in our office, the entire crown procedure can be completed in a single visit. There is no need to construct a temporary crown, take impressions for the permanent crown and wait for the crown to be constructed at a dental lab!
CEREC technology is amazing, but is not right for all patients. Our experienced Calgary dentists will guide you based on your situation, but in the meantime, let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of CEREC crowns.
Advantages of CEREC crowns:
Convenience – If you’ve ever had a dental crown fitted in the traditional way, you know that there is a time commitment on your part. Two dental appointments are required, involving freezing of the gums and tooth area, and wearing a temporary crown for 2 weeks or longer. The main advantage of CEREC is convenience – one visit and no temporaries!
Quality – The CEREC milling machine constructs perfectly-fitting crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays and on-lays. Since CEREC crowns and bridges are made from a solid block of ceramic, the product is beautiful and strong.
Disadvantages of CEREC crowns:
Not suited for all cases – Like all dental procedures, CEREC crowns are not suited for all situations. Depending on the circumstances and location of the tooth to be restored, crown materials other than ceramic may be more appropriate.
Getting Started with CEREC crowns
You are unique, and our experienced Calgary dentists at Millennium Dental want to make sure the right dental crown is used for your case. We will be happy to explore whether CEREC crowns are a good fit for you and answer any questions you may have about CEREC crowns or any questions about your family’s dental health.
To schedule an appointment at Millennium Dental in Calgary SE, please contact us today!