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CEREC Immediate Dental Crowns

Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics or CEREC crowns are a procedure that digitally constructs tooth  replacement prosthetics which removes the need for crowns and fillings. The dentist takes scans of your teeth and constructs a ceramic prosthetic with those scans. Once the dentist completes the construction of the ceramic prosthetic from the scan, the prosthetic will be placed in your mouth.

When discussing your treatment plan options, the dentist will suggest a CEREC procedure if the crown of a tooth becomes damaged. The dentist can refabricate that crown to fit your tooth and in the color of your preference as long as the damage is on the crown or the exposed part of the tooth only. If the damage has occurred below the gum line, the dentist will discuss other treatment options with you to keep your mouth healthy and prevent further damage and infection.

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CEREC Procedure Highlights

A CEREC crown placement often only requires one to two dental appointments. After your consulation with the dentist and you have determined this is the best treatment plan for you, the dentist will perform a routine examination of your teeth. It is best for the dentist to determine whether or not a crown is needed before you start this process. Once the dentist determines that a CEREC crown is the proper intervention for your issue, the dentist will take a chairside scan of your tooth. The scanned image will then be used to the construct the ceramic prosthetic. Once the construction of the crown is complete, the CEREC prosthetic will be placed over your natural tooth. You will be able to begin biting and chewing the way as you would a natural tooth without pain or damaging your tooth.

One of the top perks of having a CEREC crown are the material used. These materials look natural and you and the dentist will make sure that the final prosthetic matches the natural shade of your smile. When this is end result, there is a good chance that no one will be able to tell which is the crown and which is the natural tooth without your direction.

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Benefits of CEREC Crowns

Most of the tooth restoration procedures the dentist offers require an impression of tooth, these impression taking procedures can be uncomfortable and may need to be repeated more than once to obtain a perfect likeness. With the CEREC procedure, the impression taking procedure is not necessary and a simple scan replaces that. The scan produces a 3d impression of your teeth without having to bite down on anything. This eliminates the possibility of human error and makes the entire process much more


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Acquisition and Milling Units

The CEREC process includes the Acquisition Unit and the Milling Unit. The Acquisition Unit is a mobile device used for taking CEREC scans, this is the chairside scan part of the crown replacement process. The unit only requires a few minutes to compile comprehensive data. The compiled data is then gathered and used as a design to develop the needed replacement. Once this unit finishes the model, the acquisition unit sends the model to the Milling unit to be constructed. The Milling Unit is the device that creates the replacement prosthetic part for your tooth. This unit is the 3D printer to the 3D camera of the acquisition unit. Once the dentist adds the data for the appropriate shade, the milling machine begins carving. Once the design is finished, it is polished and ready to bonded to your teeth.

CEREC Candidates

If you noticed that your tooth has been cracked or chipped above the gum line, or if you are feeling any pressure or pain when you bite or chew, please set up a consultation appointment with the dentist. It is a mistake to wait until your next scheduled appointment because waiting increases the risk of infection in the tooth, the infection spreading, or damage to the root of the tooth. If your tooth does not need to be replaced, the dentist may suggest a dental crown as the best option for your health.

CEREC Aftercare

Shortly after your dental crown is placed, you may find that your tooth and gums are more sensitive than they were before the dental crown. This increased sensitivity should fade over time, but if you find that the pain is too severe or it is not subsiding, be sure to follow up with your dentist to make sure that infection or other issues are not slowing down your healing process. During the days and weeks following the more invasive appointments, eating softer foods will keep you comfortable. Once the healing process takes hold, you can gradually include harder and more abrasive foods. Once your dentist has completed work on your dental crown and you are fully healed with your new crown in place, you need to treat your dental crown like your natural teeth.

CEREC Crown Costs

Costs for each procedure vary depending on how long the procedure takes, what materials the procedure requires, how many visits the procedure requires, and the amount of work the dentist is required to do. It may surprise you to know, but dental insurance may cover some of the costs for these as well as elective procedures as they lead to improved overall dental health and long term benefits. If you do not have dental insurance coverage or you have any questions about payment options for your treatment plan, you are more than welcome to talk to our staff at any time. Your budget’s health is just as important as your mouth’s health.


High Quality Care You Can Trust

At Edgerton & Glenn Cosmetic and General Dentistry. We strive to build relationships with our patients. You are more than just teeth, you are our patient and friend and we want to help you to achieve and maintain oral health as best we can. We look forward to meeting you and talking about what is best for you and your mouth. Please contact us to set up a CEREC Crown appointment at (910) 256-9230.