Painfree Dentistry

The Benefits of CEREC Same-Day Crowns

August 10, 2020
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Posted By: Painfree Dentistry

Dental crowns are one of the most versatile dental treatments, repairing everything from a cracked or chipped tooth to cosmetic treatments that enhance your smile. 

CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) is the first system to offer same-day dental crowns of the same high standard as traditional crowns.

Using computer-aided manufacturing and computer-aided design, the technology combines 3-D imaging software with a milling machine located in our dental clinic. This allows our dentists to design, measure and produce custom crowns and restorations on the same day, often during a single dental appointment.

Process of Getting a Same-Day Crown 

After an initial consultation, one of our dentists will determine whether crowns are right for you.

  • Impression Scan: Instead of using traditional impression material and a tray that usually gets inserted into your mouth (to take an impression of upper + lower jaw), CEREC uses a camera scanner. This provides our dentists with precise 3-D images of your teeth
  • Dental Crown Design: the CEREC software will analyze the scan of your mouth, and in conjunction with the dentist, will generate the restoration proposal. This only takes a few minutes, making it much faster than sending the impressions to a laboratory
  • Dental Crown Production: The software will then submit your crown design to the CEREC milling machine, which will cut the unique crown designed by your dentist
  • Procedure: Your dentist will glaze & sinter your crown, and place it on top of the tooth

Note: inlays or on-lays may be used if a crown is not necessary.

Benefits of Same-Day Dental Crowns 

  • Minimally invasive: instead of using a mould for impressions which triggers the gag reflex and is uncomfortable for patients, the slim camera wand will be used to take detailed pictures inside your mouth
  • Less time at the dentist: We understand that our patients have busy lives. Our CAD/CAM software allows our dentists to design your new tooth crown on the spot, and craft it immediately using the milling machine
  • No temporary crown: In the past, patients had to wear a temporary tooth crown while we sent impressions to an off-site lab, which was often uncomfortable
  • Long-lasting: a CEREC crown can last up to 15 years with proper care and maintenance