The Pros and Cons of CEREC Crowns

Dr. Kinney explaining the pros of CEREC crowns to a dental patient

Are you in need of a crown and are researching the pros and cons of CEREC crowns?

Well, you’re in the right place.

Our team at Keystone Dentistry offers innovative tooth restorations with CEREC, and we’re here to help you understand the procedure.

Discover the pros and cons of CEREC crowns:

While there are many types of crowns available, the right one for you really comes down to time and budget.

This brings us to the first benefit:

Pro: CEREC same-day crowns save time.

CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) crowns are made in the dentist’s office using a custom milling machine, and the dentist places the crown the same day.

Unlike traditional crowns that are made in an outside lab and require a few weeks from start to finish and multiple appointments, CEREC is done in one visit.

It’s a more efficient procedure that’s more comfortable because the impressions are less invasive (no goopy impressions needed). There’s also the convenience of not having to take time off from work, school, or finding a babysitter so that you can go to the dentist multiple times.

It’s quick, yes. But are you afraid the fast turnaround will affect the quality of the crown?

It’s made of a strong and durable material, lasting 10-15 years (even longer with proper care).

Pro: CEREC matches your natural teeth.

The CEREC crown material is a matching ceramic.

What that means is CEREC crowns are made with a tooth-colored material so they can be used for your front teeth or back teeth to restore an old crown, fix damaged teeth, or cover a dental implant or root canal.

After taking a 3D scan of your teeth, the dentist designs your custom tooth restoration to match your existing smile. Then the CEREC machine crafts the crown.

The tooth restoration is made just for you in shape, size, and color to look natural and feel natural.

This brings up a question:

Could this one material option limit the possibilities with CEREC?

Con: CEREC is only available in ceramic.

While same-day crowns are exclusively made using a ceramic block, other dental crowns are available in different materials.

Traditional dental crown materials include metal, porcelain fused to metal, and ceramic.

Some patients don’t mind choosing a different colored option with metal crowns for molar teeth that aren’t visible. This all depends on your structural needs and personal preference.

Your dentist will help you decide which type of crown is best for you.

One thing we can’t argue about is the precision of in-office CEREC machine.

Pro: CEREC is accurate.

The procedure uses a digital scan of the mouth and CAD/CAM technology (computer design) to create accurate tooth restorations.

The crown’s impressions and manufacturing are both done in the office the same day and increase precision and outcome.

Unlike manual impressions and traditional crowns, CEREC crowns are much more accurate and reduce human error by the dentist or the outside dental lab.

Con: Not all dentists offer CEREC.

While many cosmetic and restorative dentists offer dental crowns, not all of them offer same-day crowns.

The reason is because CEREC crowns are made in-office and require the dentist to have the dental technology (milling machine… opens in a new window to Dentsply Sirona website…) to produce the tooth restoration.

Lucky for you, we know a local dentist who does offer CEREC.

Looking for a dentist who offers CEREC in Indianapolis?

Keystone Dentistry offers CEREC same-day crowns for Indianapolis… opens in a new window to Google Maps… and Carmel.

Dr. Wayne Kinney and our friendly team give you the convenience of a quick restoration without compromising quality.

Crowns shouldn’t require multiple visits. After all, you need a healthy and happy mouth NOW!

Get a dental crown in one day. Contact us today:

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