What are dental crowns?
They are artificial tooth caps, imitating the visible part of natural teeth that lie above the gum line. They provide strength and stability to compromised natural teeth and they restore the aesthetics of natural teeth. In addition, they are used in conjunction with dental implants to create a complete artificial tooth to replace a missing natural tooth.
CEREC crowns are more efficient than the traditional crowns as they require only one visit to the dental clinic, whereas the latter requires two.
CEREC crowns are reliable and durable. Getting a dental crown early on when a tooth has been damaged greatly increases its lifetime. On the other hand, if you wait too long to get crown treatment, it may be too late because in order to place a crown, a considerable amount of natural tooth has to remain. Furthermore, the structural integrity of the natural tooth must be maintained. Otherwise, there will be no use in placing a crown, as the tooth is destined to crumble from within, taking the dental crown down with it.
What are the advantages of CEREC crowns?
- Saves a lot of time and money for the patient
- Patients’ smiles can be restored faster
- No need for temporary crowns, and therefore, there is less discomfort for the patient
- Contains no metal and therefore looks natural.
- CEREC technology can be used for dental inlays and onlays as well, and these restorations tend to be more durable than white fillings.
What are the CEREC crowns disadvantages?
CEREC crowns are created from one ceramic block, and therefore it’s impractical to create the color gradients of natural teeth. A few companies have started making ceramic blocks with a color gradient but making them look perfectly natural is an uphill task even for the most qualified dentist, but it can be done with tinting by a skilled dentist.