The creation and placement of a custom-designed dental crown is one of the most commonly performed treatments in dentistry. Dental crowns fit over the entire tooth and are typically used to reinforce a tooth that is heavily damaged or decayed.
Crowns are also generally the final restoration for root canal procedures and dental implants. In the past, crowns and other types of dental restorations traditionally required a time-consuming process that would generally take weeks. With advances such as the CEREC in-office milling system, that process can be significantly minimized.
The biggest difference between CEREC dental crowns and those that are sent off to a dental lab for creation is the time it takes for the restoration to be produced. CEREC crowns can be made right here at the office in a single appointment. Lab-made crowns can take several days or even weeks before they are back at our office and ready to place on the teeth. Same day crowns also do not require you to have a physical dental impression, which generally necessitates biting down on a gooey, uncomfortable putty for several minutes. With CEREC, the impression is taken digitally and fed into a computer program, which we will use to create a precise, naturally-looking dental crown. These crowns are all porcelain and eliminate the concerns for patients with metal sensitivity.
Cerec crowns are all porcelain with no metal. This results in a much more cosmetic result and eliminates the problem of metal sensitivities that many patients experience.
This procedure requires a slightly longer initial appointment but saves both time and money as a second appointment to place the crown is no longer required. This savings in both time and lab costs allow us to pass those savings directly back to our patients. This service provides not only a significant time and expense savings but the precision of the digital imaging technology results in a restoration with the highest degree of accuracy in design and fit.
Our patients' typical response is that they are very impressed with how much easier the experience was in comparison to prior traditional crown procedures.
For more information, we welcome you to call or visit us at Two Rivers Dentistry in McCall, Grangeville or Lewiston soon!