Everything you need to know about CEREC crowns

CEREC crowns

CEREC crowns are on the cutting edge of dental implant technology.

With this amazing technology, you can have a new tooth, designed and built to perfectly fit your individual requirements within a couple of hours,

The procedure is quick, painless and your new tooth should last the rest of your life.

Crowns, false teeth and dental implants

While they all might sound like the same thing, there is a difference between crowns, false teeth and dental implants.

The difference lies in how much of your original tooth still remains. If you’ve chipped it, but the root is still intact, then a crown can be fitted over the top.

If on the other hand, a tooth has been knocked out completely or has got the point where it can’t be saved, then a dental implant may be used to replace it. This involves inserting a screw into the jaw to hold the tooth in place.

False teeth are used as a set when too many teeth are lost or dental implants are not an option. False teeth can be removed at will, but this brings their own problems.

CEREC milling machine

CEREC Crowns

Ceramic Reconstruction (CEREC) is a field of CAD/CAM dentistry. The advances in these industries in recent years – especially 3D modelling – has resulted in an explosion of CEREC crowns.

The process begins with an examination of the affected tooth, and all old decay or filling is cleared away. Then, using a small camera specially designed to fit inside the mouth, a scan is taken of the tooth, and a 3D image saved.

Using this 3D image, we can then design the perfect crown for you and your unique situation. Once we’re satisfied with the design, we move onto the build.

A solid cube of porcelain is placed into the CEREC milling unit and carved into the shape of the newly designed crown. The entire process is guided by the computer, resulting in a perfect sculpture of a tooth, which is then bonded to your existing tooth.

It sounds like a lot of work, but the entire process can be completed in as little as an hour!

Advantages of CEREC crowns

The biggest advantage of the CEREC process is the speed at which it all happens. With same-day restorations, there’s no waiting about for dental laboratories to design and build a crown – it’s all done and dusted in a single visit.

And because it all happens at once, there’s no need for a temporary crown as a placeholder. Temporary crowns can fall off easily, especially when eating, and may be swallowed or even cause more damage if accidentally chewed.

CEREC crowns fit perfectly, are comfortable, stable and will last for years. They perform identically to your real teeth, so you can eat any foods you normally would without having to worry.

Because they are made from porcelain, they don’t expand and contract like composite (white) or amalgam fillings, a problem which can lead to sensitivity, fractures or breakage of teeth.

Cerec crowns

Talk to us about CEREC crowns

CEREC crowns are becoming more popular now the technology is catching up with the concept.

3D scanning, computer-aided design, and automatic milling machines are all working together to create crowns which can be made within minutes and fit perfectly.

Many people have crowns or restorations from years ago which are now giving them problems. CEREC crowns are a great way to fix those problems and we can help.

We stock a range of porcelain blocks in various shades to get as close to your tooth colour as possible. Once we find the closest shade, we then stain and glaze the final crown to add individualised characteristics and colours, ensuring you get the closest match possible.

The porcelain we use here is favoured by top-tier labs and leaders in the profession, due to its high quality, superior strength, and because it is one of the most authentic, tooth-like restorations available to date.

If you have any questions about CEREC crowns, or anything dental related, please don’t hesitate to contact us today and speak to one of our friendly staff members.