Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are placed over an existing tooth or dental implant. If you have a damaged tooth, root canal, or want to secure a bridge, a crown may be what you need.
What are the Kinds of Crowns Available?
There are two main types of crowns available: CEREC and Traditional.
What is the Difference Between CEREC and Traditional Crowns?
CEREC crowns are made of ceramic, while traditional crowns can be made of a variety of materials. CEREC crowns can also be made during the same visit, while traditional crowns are sent to a laboratory for creation.
What does CEREC Stand For?
CEREC stands for Ceramic Reconstruction. CEREC also stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.
What is CEREC, Exactly?
CEREC is a system used to create dental prosthetics in-office, and it has been widely used since 1987. Crowns created using CEREC are dependable and look natural because they are made entirely of ceramic (porcelain).
What Materials are Available for Traditional Crowns?
- Porcelain and Metal Fusion
- Metal Alloys (Gold)
- Stainless Steel
- Composite Resin
What are the Benefits of CEREC?
Same-Day Crowns | CEREC allows us to create the crowns in-office, often during the same visit. Within hours, you can walk out with a brand-new crown.
Natural Look | CEREC crowns are made of all ceramic (porcelain). Porcelain has the same reflective quality as natural teeth, which helps them look more natural. The shade can also be matched to existing teeth.
No Need for Molds | The CEREC system uses a series of images that are uploaded into the system and give an accurate measurement of the tooth, without the need to take a physical mold.
What are the Benefits of Traditional Crowns?
- Unique Look | Traditional crowns are made by Master Ceramists. They can esthetically match the tooth to your existing teeth with more precision.
- Long-Lasting | With care, these crowns can last fifteen to twenty years.
How Does it Work?
The first step is to come in for a consultation. Dr. Potts or Dr. Porter will examine you and may require x-rays. Your dentist will determine whether you are a good candidate for a crown.
If you choose CEREC, your tooth is prepared, impressions are taken and the system is used to create your crown. Depending on the crown, creation can take a few hours or less. Finally, we place, fit, and bond the crown to your tooth.
If you choose traditional crowns, your tooth is prepared, a mold of your tooth is taken and sent out to a laboratory for creation. On average, it can take two to three weeks to receive completed crowns. Once it arrives, we will make an appointment with you to place, fit, and bond your crown.
Why Put Up with a Missing Tooth?
Whether you prefer CEREC or traditional crowns, Parkway Dental is ready to service you. There is no “right” decision, just the right one for you. We can help you make the choice that best fits your needs. Call today for an appointment!