With the CEREC® in-office milling system, our cosmetic dentist and the team at Thompson Center for Dentistry can create and place a permanent, custom dental crown in a single office visit. CEREC® allows us to provide these exceptional restorations in a more convenient and efficient way!
What are the pros and cons of CEREC® crowns?
There are many advantages to dental crown procedures using the CEREC® milling technology, including:
- The treatment process is streamlined by having the crown produced right here in our office
- In most cases, the crown can be designed, created, color-matched, and placed on the tooth in the same day
- Many patients can have their crowns created from digital impressions rather than putty impressions
When performed by a skilled and experienced dentist, there are virtually no disadvantages associated with CEREC® crowns, The final restoration can look and function just like a natural tooth!
What are dental crowns?
Porcelain dental crowns are typically necessary for teeth that are heavily damaged or decayed. They also serve as the finishing touches for root canal therapy and dental implants. A dental crown is designed to look, feel, and function like a natural tooth while protecting the original tooth and enhancing its structural durability. Dental crowns are custom-designed restorations that cover the entire tooth. They are often composed of a durable porcelain material and are precisely made to provide the most natural and comfortable fit possible. Custom dental crowns are color-matched to surrounding teeth to provide a seamless blend and are permanently affixed to the affected tooth.
What is CEREC®?
CEREC® is a state-of-the-art milling technology that can produce custom dental crowns directly at the dentist’s office. The system is comprised of 3-D imaging software that creates a precise digital model of the crown, then creates the restoration based on those exact specifications. The onsite milling technology is capable of producing dental crowns in a process that is often more convenient for patients since they can typically be modeled, produced, and placed in just one office visit.
Same-Day CEREC® Crowns vs. Traditional Lab Crowns
One of the most unique aspects of CEREC® crowns is its ability to make the entire treatment process more convenient and precise for patients when compared to traditional techniques. Before CEREC®, crown procedures typically required patients to undergo a cumbersome dental impression process to create a mold for the restoration. Then, the mold would go to an offsite dental laboratory for the creation of the permanent crown. Finally, the crown would be delivered to the dentist’s office and placed on the tooth. This process often required numerous office visits spaced over a period of weeks. CEREC® has changed all of that!
Basically, CEREC® Same-Day Crowns brings the dental laboratory to you. The advanced milling technology resides at our office, minimizing the time necessary for treatment. Plus, the experience is often more comfortable since CEREC® utilizes digital dental impressions, which also makes it possible to achieve more precise results from the impression. In addition, the computerized model for the crown can be shown to you on a monitor, enabling you to see how it will look before it’s made. Ultimately, CEREC® crowns allow many patients to receive accurate, natural-looking, and permanent dental restorations in a single office visit.
What is the CEREC® Same-Day Crown process like?
Once our dentist has performed an oral examination and determined that a dental crown is best for your needs, an impression of the affected tooth will be taken. This serves as the foundation from which the crown will be designed on a computer. Our dentist will ensure that the customized crown is crafted to provide results that look and feel like a natural tooth. The CEREC® milling system will then manufacture the crown, and it will be delicately placed on the tooth with a durable dental cement.
After a final polish, the treatment process is complete. With the proper care, dental crowns can continue reinforcing your teeth and enhancing the appearance of your smile for decades!
How Much Do CEREC® Crowns Cost?
While the total price of CEREC® crown procedures is dependent on the individual patient’s unique treatment plan, a CEREC® dental crown can often cost less than a restoration that is produced at an off-site laboratory. Since CEREC® crowns are developed and created right here at our practice, dental laboratory fees and a temporary restoration are typically unnecessary, which frequently makes CEREC® more affordable by comparison. The average price of a single CEREC® crown usually ranges between $500 and $850. With that in mind, a number of factors are considered in the total cost, including the amount of crowns that are being produced, whether the crown is part of a more extensive treatment (such as root canal therapy), the geographic location of the practice, and other components. During your initial consultation, our dentist will create a customized treatment plan. A member of our team will then produce an overall cost estimate and talk with you about payment options. We will be happy to answer your questions and assist you with finding the most convenient way to pay for your treatment.
If you would like more information on CEREC® dental crowns, or to schedule an appointment here at Thompson Center for Dentistry, please contact us today.