CEREC Crowns Questions and Answers

CEREC Crowns Questions and Answers

Cantella Dental offers CEREC Crowns so that you can smile with confidence again! Talk to us today about dental crowns and its benefits. Call us today or schedule an appointment online. We have two locations to serve you in Metairie LA, and New Orleans LA.

CEREC Crowns Near Me in Metairie, LA and New Orleans, LA.
CEREC Crowns Near Me in Metairie, LA and New Orleans, LA.

What are CEREC crowns?

Dental crowns are nothing new in the world of tooth care, and have been around for several years to help individuals improve their smile. A crown is a small cap, shaped like a tooth, that fits over an existing tooth that may be damaged, discolored, broken or worn down. It can also hide a misshapen tooth or a tooth implant. When it comes to crowns, they can be made from any number of different materials such as metal, resin, porcelain, ceramic or a porcelain and metal combination that’s often referred to as porcelain-fused-to-metal. A CEREC crown is often made from a very strong ceramic that uses computer-assisted technology to design, create and install the crown for the patient. CEREC is short for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics and refers to crowns that can typically be built and placed in the patient’s mouth in the course of a morning or afternoon visit to the dentist’s office.

How long do CEREC crowns last?

Research varies on how long a CEREC crown can last and depending on where you look, you can find a lifespan range anywhere from 10 years to over 30 years. Like any other artificially built replacement option, the crown is only going to be as good as the care and maintenance that is performed on it. Proper care and cleaning of your CEREC crown will help it remain in tip top shape for many years to come. Ensuring you visit the dentist on a regular basis for routine cleanings and checkups will also help extend the lifespan of your crown. Your dentist can check your crown during your visits to ensure it remains in good condition and there are no concerning signs of wear and tear on it. If you grind your teeth in your sleep, a mouthguard is recommended to protect not only your natural teeth, but also the CEREC crown to help prolong its life. CEREC crowns are made from strong, durable ceramic, but it isn’t indestructible and proper care of it is required like you would spend on your natural teeth.

What are the benefits of CEREC crowns?

Unlike typical crowns that can take up to two weeks to be built from the time of your initial appointment to when they can be placed, CEREC crowns can be designed, built and inserted all in the same day. With the use of computer design and manufacturing, the dentist captures digital images of the tooth and your jaw. These images are then used to design the crown and then produce the crown to have it ready to be inserted, all within the same office. CEREC crowns are made using only ceramic as opposed to other crowns that are often built with a metal core and a ceramic exterior. This means the CEREC crown will appear more natural and look identical to your existing teeth, without the grayish tinge that ceramic-metal crowns often have. These crowns have also been shown to resist abrasion and are very sturdy, meaning they will last longer than traditional crowns.

Are CEREC crowns good for front teeth?

Your front teeth are your most prominent and noticeable teeth in your mouth. You want these teeth to look their best and crowns are one of many treatment options to ensure your smile is as bright and polished as possible. CEREC crowns have pros and cons for being used on your front teeth. On the plus side, they can be designed, built and inserted in a single appointment so you can get a damaged tooth fixed immediately, often before people even notice there is something wrong with your tooth. Another pro is that they appear more natural and blend in better with your natural teeth because they are built of a solid ceramic as opposed to having a metal core with a ceramic cover that can appear almost grey. On the cons side, if your teeth are slightly discolored, the ceramic may not match your natural teeth exactly and the CEREC crown can be noticeably different. Talking through your options with your dentist and reviewing the pros and cons for your individual needs and expectations can determine if a CEREC crown is the best option for your front teeth.

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