Which is Better, CEREC or Traditional Crown?

Posted on: April 20, 2018

CERECCEREC® is making waves throughout the dental industry as a highly effective dental restoration. CEREC® means the Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.  This is a form of computer-aided dentistry that generates quite the impressive dental restorations.

The CEREC® process empowers dentists to create and apply individual ceramic restorations in one appointment.  Unlike the traditional approach, there is no need to return for subsequent appointments or wait for laboratory work between visits.

How Traditional Crowns are Different From CEREC®

Traditional dental crowns certainly serve a purpose.  They repair compromised teeth, enhancing aesthetics and feel.  Regular crowns also bolster tooth strength for the years ahead.  This is a permanent solution to all sorts of dental problems that carry minimal or no risk at all.  CEREC® takes restoration to the next level. CEREC® provides the same advantages of regular dental crowns with the utmost convenience.

While regular dental crowns typically require two or three visits, CEREC® takes as little as one visit.  Traditional dental crowns mandate an initial consultation, the preparation of the tooth and the construction of the temporary crown and permanent crown.  It can take upwards of three weeks to fit and build the temporary and permanent crown. Why bother waiting all of that time when you can be in and out in a single visit with CEREC®?

CEREC® Strength

When it comes to durability, CEREC® crowns are just as durable as regular dental crowns. While CEREC® crowns take less time than regular crowns, this is not an indication their strength or quality is inferior.  CEREC® makes use of ceramic for molds. This is helpful as ceramic is one of the strongest substances available for dental crowns. Ceramic is also ideal as it allows for an aesthetic matching of teeth across the entirety of the mouth.  This is by far the most realistic-looking tooth restoration you could hope for.

Are There any Drawbacks to CEREC®?

CEREC® crowns are not always as aesthetically pleasing as some types of ceramic crowns.  However, the visual appeal of these oral health solutions differs from the point of view.  While beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder, everyone seems to agree CEREC® crowns are more visually pleasing than crowns consisting of porcelain connected to metal.

Keep in mind the final look of your CEREC® crown or any other type of crown you select ultimately hinges on your dentist’s precision, skill and experience. It is worth noting CEREC® does not require the use of a dental laboratory so the dentist is forced to stain and glaze porcelain on his or her own.

Alternatively, CEREC® crowns are superficially stained.  This is quite the contrast to porcelain restorations that are hand-layered and have a deeply-set hue thanks to layering.  In the end, your unique situation will dictate which type of crown is ideal. Consult with Advanced Dental to ensure you select the best crown for your mouth.

For more information about CEREC or to schedule an appointment with Advanced Dental, request an appointment in our New Windsor dental office here: https://advanceddentalofnewwindsor.com. Or call us at (845) 228-8048.


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