CEREC Crowns vs. Traditional Crowns
Dental crowns have been used for years by dentists to give their patients a more complete, and cosmetically appealing smile. Crowns can hide a lot of different dental problems like a cracked or crooked tooth, tooth discoloration, or even gaps in the teeth. For Redondo Beach Dental Group patients who have experienced the process of having a traditional crown placed, they know how time-consuming, painful and complicated the whole process can be. Often, patients need to visit the dentist 3-4 times and wait weeks for a crown that fits well and looks good. But with today’s new technology, CEREC dental crowns have thrown that old school process out the window. Redondo Beach residents can have a new, perfectly matched crown in one day, during one appointment with our doctors. But one thing some of our patients are curious about is whether or not the new technology is necessarily better. In this blog, we will discuss the differences between CEREC dental crowns and traditional dental crowns.
CEREC Dental Crowns
CEREC is a dental system that allows our doctors to create a digital impression of patients’ existing teeth using a precise 3D model. CEREC dental crowns are made using CAD/CAM, computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing, which improves the design of the restoration.
One of the biggest benefits of CEREC dental crowns is that our patients do not have to come back for multiple visits or wear a temporary crown while they wait for their permanent crown to come back from the lab. With CEREC technology, it only takes a couple of hours to create and place your crown. Not only is this good for people suffering from a broken tooth or crown, but it also allows Redondo Beach men and women to get back to their everyday lives and activities faster. After all, who wants to wait around for a fully-functional mouth and relief from pain?
In addition to saving time, CEREC dental crowns are also very strong and durable. They are made of a ceramic material that is substantially stronger than that of traditional crowns. Because our doctors use CAD/CAM technology to make a digital impression of your tooth, the measurements are precise, providing Redondo Beach men and women with a new crown that fits perfectly and feels like their original tooth.
With traditional crowns, patients have to go through a long process, which is often messy and has more potential for mistakes and poor fitting. When Redondo Beach men and women receive traditional crowns, the dentist must first make a mold of their tooth with a messy gel substance. Once this is completed, the dentist will send the mold to the lab so that they can create a dental crown. This can take several weeks, and often patients find that their crowns have to be remade as many as 4 times before the fit and color are right! And while you’re waiting on that perfect fit, you’ll have to wear a temporary crown that won’t necessarily match your surrounding teeth or fit well. This causes you to limit what foods you can eat and how much you can enjoy your daily life overall.
Traditional crowns are also made out of porcelain that is stacked using a powder liquid technique that leaves microscopic gaps within the crown. This gives traditional crowns a higher likelihood of failure down the road, as it is not completely solid and not nearly as stable as the machine-made material used for CEREC dental crowns.
Let Our Doctors Fit You with CEREC Dental Crowns
If you are a Redondo Beach resident who is suffering from a broken tooth or crown, stop waiting and call our doctors today! You could be on your way to a new, beautiful, pain-free smile in just a couple of hours with a CEREC dental crown.
You can reach a member of our friendly Redondo Beach staff by calling (310) 542-6988 today!