CEREC technology is a specialized type of 3D CAD/CAM (computer-assisted design/manufacturing) dentistry. The process involves using a special 3D handheld scanner to take images of your damaged tooth. This image is then uploaded to a specialized milling machine. Dr. Luis or Dr. Tori will use advanced software to design your dental crown, then load a block of porcelain into the milling machine where it will be manufactured according to their design. This technology makes it possible to build a crown and place it in just one quick appointment.
CEREC same-day crowns are just as versatile as traditional crowns. If you can be treated with a traditional crown, a CEREC crown is typically a good alternative. The only exception is if your tooth is broken below the gum line. The CEREC scanner cannot capture images of your tooth below the gumline, so in this instance, it would be best to get a traditional, lab-made crown.
CEREC crowns last just as long as lab-made crowns.
If you care for your crown with proper oral hygiene, you can expect your CEREC crown to last just as long as a lab-made crown. Most CEREC crowns will easily last 10-15 years as long as you brush and floss properly, and see the team at Confident Smiles & Implants for a cleaning and oral exam every six months.
The cost of a CEREC crown varies for each patient and is based on your case.
Without a consultation, it is difficult to provide you with an accurate estimate for the cost of your treatment. This is because there are a variety of different factors that may affect the cost of your crown. However, CEREC crowns are similar in price to traditional lab-made crowns.