How Are CEREC® Crowns Different from Traditional Dental Crowns?

Posted on: May 15, 2021

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CEREC® dental crowns are a popular dental restoration that a lot of general dentistry offices are beginning to offer. While they serve the same purpose as a traditional dental crown, they are made quite differently. Ultimately, the result is the same, a dental crown that functions as a durable dental restoration for a tooth that is in bad shape. Ready to learn more?

CEREC crowns versus traditional dental crowns

Outlined below are the main differences between traditional dental crowns and CEREC dental crowns.

CEREC® dental crowns

CEREC® stands for the chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics. In simpler terms, these types of dental crowns are made "chairside", meaning in the general dentistry office, as opposed to a dental lab, like traditional dental crowns. CEREC® relies on CAD/CAM technology to make digital impressions of the patient's mouth. CAD/CAM stands for computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing. In general dentistry, CAD/CAM is needed in order to custom-create a CEREC® crown. 

CEREC® crowns are made of ceramic materials that can match the patient's other teeth. The computer technology relies on a block of ceramic and digital impressions. Unlike traditional crowns, CEREC ones can only be made of ceramic materials. One of the main differences between the two is that CEREC® crowns can be made in just one appointment, which means the patient will only have to visit their dentist once!

Traditional dental crowns

Traditional dental crowns are created in a dental lab based on physical molds and impressions taken in the general dentistry office. The patient will have to visit their dentist at least twice, but sometimes three times. The first appointment will require molds and impressions to be taken. Then, the dentist will remove decayed parts of the tooth and place a temporary dental crown. The impressions will then be sent to the dental lab so that the permanent crown can be made. A few weeks later, the patient will return to the general dentistry office to have their permanent crown placed. 

Unlike CEREC dental crowns, traditional ones are offered in a variety of materials. Some of the most common include gold, ceramic, metal alloys, composite resin and there are even hybrids between ceramic and metal ones. The dentist and patient will determine what material is preferred during the first appointment. Some patients prefer ceramic or composite resin because they are both white in color. However, in some scenarios, the patient may want a gold crown because gold is known for its durability. 

Which crown to choose

CEREC dental crowns are a nice option for someone who does not have a lot of time to commit to multiple dentist appointments. However, traditional ones offer multiple options to someone who may not want a ceramic dental crown. Ultimately, the general dentist will also make a recommendation based on the patient's oral health and situation. 

Learn more today!

Both traditional dental crowns and CEREC ones can significantly improve one's oral health, as well as their appearance. Working with a general dentistry office to decide on a type of dental crown is a great first step. Reach out today to learn more or to get started. We are here to help.

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