When a tooth is severely damaged, a crown is an excellent treatment to save the tooth and prevent additional damage. This small, tooth-shaped cap covers a portion or all of the tooth to protect the remaining structure and restore the overall appearance.

CEREC vs. Traditional Crowns

For years, the only option was a traditional crown. This process involves two appointments. First, prepare the tooth and place a temporary crown, and the dentist sends a mold or scan to the dental lab where the permanent crown is created. About 10 days later, the patient returns to the dental office so the permanent crown can be fitted and secured.

On the other hand, modern CEREC technology makes it possible to complete a permanent crown in the same visit. CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. This state-of-the-art technology uses both computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to create the crown while you are waiting in the dental chair.

Benefits of CEREC

There are undeniable benefits to using CEREC technology instead of traditional dental services. These restorations offer added durability for chewing and biting, giving you a long-lasting treatment that you can use for years.

Since everything is completed in one day, there is no need for temporary crowns. Also, digital scanning technology eliminates the need for messy, uncomfortable dental plaster and impressions.

Additionally, the convenience of CEREC is undeniable. If you don’t enjoy sitting in the dental chair, then it makes sense to visit a dentist who can complete the treatment in a single visit. No need to go back for a second appointment!

How CEREC Technology Is Used

CEREC is fast and effective, making dental treatments easier than ever. This technology can be used to make different types of restorations, including:

  • Porcelain Inlays: A simple way to explain an inlay is a lab-made filling. When a large portion of the tooth is removed due to decay, an inlay is crafted to be the puzzle piece that fills in the gap.
  • Porcelain Onlays: Also known as three-quarter crowns, this restoration covers the cusps of the tooth but doesn’t extend down to reach the gum line.
  • Full Crowns: A full crown is sometimes called a “cap.” This treatment is big enough to cover the entire tooth, so the crown hides the natural structure of the tooth.
  • Veneers: CEREC technology can be used for cosmetic treatments. Veneers are thin ceramic coverings that are placed on the visible surfaces of the teeth.
  • Bridges: If one or more missing teeth need to be replaced, a bridge can be created using the CEREC machine.

Schedule a Consultation with Our Pro Dental Team

Talk to our team at Cosmetic & Family Dentistry of Las Colinas for more information about same-day dental restorations. We offer CEREC technology in our modern dental office, located in the DFW area. Call today to book an appointment and learn about the different types of dental restorations that we offer.