CEREC Dental Crown Technology
Cosmetic surgery has become increasing popular in modern society with individuals (both males and females) undergoing cosmetic procedures to improve the appearance of their smile. Of course, when one considers this type of surgery one will immediately think of breast implants and wrinkle removals; however, one popular area that is often overlooked is that of cosmetic dentistry. Considerable investment in this type of dentistry has grown in recent years and patients are now able to easily and effectively remove discolorations or realign poorly structured teeth. If you are at all concerned about the appearance of your teeth, then please do not hesitate to contact our clinic on 02 6189 2839. This article will discuss the dental crown and CEREC technology we use in our practice.
What Is CEREC?
CEREC technology is a computer system that shortens the time required to complete an administration of dental crowns. Previously, patients would have had to attend a minimum of two lengthy appointments; furthermore, one would have to undergo use of local anaesthesia. CEREC technology removes the need for two appointments and can have a crown inserted within a few short hours. Not only is time & money saved for the patient, but it also reduces anaesthesia use (some patients may be allergic to certain anaesthesia).
How Does CEREC Technology Work?
The CEREC procedure utilises a tasteless powder that is applied to the individual’s teeth. This powder then reflects data to the computer and we will create a digital 3D image showing all relevant information. Our dentists can then use this information to identify any problems and rapidly develop suitable customised dental crowns for our patients.
The dental crown is created using an onsite milling machine that utilizes diamond burs to complete the procedure. The ceramic material chosen is entirely dependent on the color of one’s tooth and the style being created. Once the crown has been developed, it is bonded to the mouth using a specific adhesive.
What Is A CEREC Crown?
A CEREC crown is similar to a traditional crown except for the fact that it utilises advanced technology during design. As is mentioned above, the dental crown is created using a milling machine and the design is based on 3D imaging information. While it is possible for the information to be reflected from the tasteless powder, a 3D image will require further examination. The CEREC technology allows our dentists to utilise a tiny camera inside the mouth which will provide data on all aspects of the tooth. This technology is beneficial in that it removes additional chances of human error.
Traditional crowns are often created using a metal, resin or ceramic material. The CEREC crown is most commonly developed using ceramic resources as this is the most ‘natural looking’ option. The ceramic material provides a strong aesthetic appeal and can be easily disguised as an enamel tooth.
What Is The Different Between CEREC And Traditional Crowns?
Both the CEREC and the traditional dental crown serve the purpose of covering discoloured or misshapen teeth. The traditional crown requires a longer process than the CEREC option as a temporary crown must first be created before the permanent crown is delivered. This temporary crown is created using an impression of the individual’s bite, which is then sent off to a laboratory for final construction of the crown. The temporary crown is then left in the mouth until the permanent crown is available.
CEREC crowns differ in that this procedure does not require a temporary crown. The information gained from the 3D data imaging provides the necessary information regarding personal biting. Furthermore, the creation is completed onsite in a short period of time as the impressions do not need to be sent away.
If you you are interested in CEREC crowns, you can call the practice on 02 6189 2839 and you can discuss with our highly skilled dentists what options are available to you.