Difference between Traditional Crowns and Same-Day CEREC Crowns

Posted on: February 2, 2018

Dental crowns can give you a smile that hides a lot of dental issues, including gaps, cracks, discoloration, and crooked teeth. In the past, the procedure was complicated and it would require two appointments and several weeks to get your new smile. However, thanks to technological advances, you can now get same-day CEREC® crowns, which basically means that your new teeth are designed and fitted on the same day.

However, there are a lot of people who are skeptical of new technology. One of the major questions people ask is whether there is any a dental difference between traditional procedures and the same-day CEREC® procedure. The answer is yes.

The following are some of the differences between CEREC® and traditional crowns:

1. Time and convenience

A traditional procedure requires two appointments and a few weeks of waiting. The first appointment involves a consultation during which the dentist will get an impression of your tooth. professionals at a dental lab will use this impression to create a crown that resembles the structure of your natural tooth.

The process can take several weeks. However, a same-day CEREC® crown uses CAM/CAD technology to fabricate a crown in the dentist's office. Therefore, you do not have to wait to get your new teeth.

2. Material

Same-day CEREC® crowns only consist of ceramic. However, traditional crowns can consist of several materials, including ceramic, porcelain, metal, and porcelain-fused-to-metal. Dental crowns that contain metal are very durable, as metal fuses very well to dentin.

3. Strength

While professionals in a lab construct the traditional crowns, the end product is a lot stronger than same-day CEREC® crowns. Furthermore, materials such as leucite-reinforced ceramic or porcelain-fused-to-metal can only be used to fabricate traditional crowns, making them stronger and more durable.

Unfortunately, these materials are not as aesthetically pleasing as ceramic. Therefore, they are not ideal for a dental crown on your front teeth.

4. Temporary Crowns

When a patient chooses traditional crowns, the dentist will give them temporary crowns while they wait for the lab to fabricate their permanent dental caps. These temporary crowns have a lot of disadvantages. They are quite uncomfortable, especially if they shift a little in your mouth.

Most of them do not fit properly, and they can actually increase the likelihood of tooth decay because food debris may get under the crown. Same-day CEREC®, on the other hand, has eliminated the need for temporary crowns as you can get permanent crowns in a single appointment.

5. Attention to detail

Same-day CEREC® crowns are very aesthetically pleasing and natural-looking. However, if you want a front tooth that perfectly matches the next tooth, a traditional crown made from ceramic or porcelain may be ideal. This is because the traditional crown is fabricated by hand by an expert in a lab who applies more nuanced details to get a better match.

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Same day CEREC® crowns have a lot more advantages over traditional crowns, but they are not ideal for everyone. If you want a dental crown, talk to a dentist to help you decide which option is best for you.

Call us at (845) 228-8048 for more information from Advanced Dental or to schedule an appointment in our dentist office in New Windsor.

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