If one of your teeth is damaged, your dentist may recommend a dental crown to address the situation.
A crown is a small, tooth-shaped cap that fits over your tooth. It can hide a discolored or misshapen tooth or even a tooth implant. A crown can also protect or restore a broken, worn-down, or damaged tooth.
You have options when it comes to choosing the type of crown you receive.
Crowns can be made from a variety of different materials, including:
A popular choice is the CEREC crown, which is often made out of a very strong ceramic and is designed, created, and installed using computer-assisted technology.
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. You typically get one of these crowns as part of a same-day procedure that will get you in and out of the dentist’s chair in one afternoon.
CEREC same-day crowns benefits
Why choose a CEREC crown? Consider these advantages.
Rather than wait as long as 2 weeks for your new crown, you can walk into our dental office and walk out with your new CEREC crown the same day.
The dentist will use computer-aided design (CAD) and manufacturing (CAM) to capture digital images of your tooth and jaw, design a crown, and then create that crown for installation — all right here in the office.
Appearance of the crown
Your friends might not ever realize that your tooth has a crown. Because it lacks a metal core, a CEREC crown tends to look more natural and more closely resemble the surrounding teeth.
The aesthetic appearance benefits from not having a dark core to interrupt the reflection of light. These types of crowns also tend to be sturdy and resist abrasion, making them more likely to last.
That’s good news since the last thing you want to do is head back to your dentist’s office to get your new crown repaired.