If you have a busy lifestyle, making time for dental appointments can be difficult. However, when you need a new crown, skipping the treatment simply isn't an option. Thankfully, a rapid treatment option known as CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) could cut down the number of appointments you need and allow you to get your crowns fitted as soon as possible. Let's take a look at the benefits of CEREC for busy dental patients.
1. Faster Fitting
CEREC is a technique that allows dentists to produce custom-fit dental crowns in their office, rather than sending moulds to a laboratory where technicians create crowns by hand. The whole process takes less than two hours, which means you can get your crowns fitted in a single day, rather than having to wait for your prosthetics to arrive from the laboratory.
2. No Temporary Crowns
Traditionally, having a crown fitted is a multi-day process. On the first day, the dentist takes moulds of the patient's teeth and fits a temporary crown, which remains in place until the permanent crowns are ready. Temporary crowns are not as strong as permanent crowns, which means you have to be very careful when eating while they are in place. When you choose a dentist that offers CEREC treatment, you can skip the temporary crown step.
3. More Accurate Fit
CEREC dental crowns often fit more accurately than crowns that are created in a laboratory using moulds. This is because dentists use highly accurate digital technology to precisely match the shape of the crown to the unique contours of your teeth. Dental crowns that fit well are less likely to cause discomfort, which makes this benefit a major plus for many patients.
4. Better Colour Matching
CEREC technology allows dentists to precisely match the shade of dental crowns to the natural colour of your teeth, which means you won't end up with crowns that stand out against your other teeth. A dental laboratory may not be able to achieve such accurate colour matching, as the technicians won't be able to compare the shade of the crowns to that of your teeth in real time.
5. Increased Durability
Some people worry that CEREC crowns are a quick-fix option that don't offer the same durability as lab-made dental crowns. However, a study that followed 95 patients over 10 years concluded that the durability of CEREC dental restorations are similar to that of gold restorations.