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Q: How does a CEREC crown differ from a traditional one?

Posted October 15, 2014 in Advice Column, Grimes

A: No more impressions. The traditional crown involves the use of unpleasant, silicon impressions. The CEREC crown impression simply involves the use of a 3D measuring camera called the Omnicam that captures the information that it needs. This information replaces the use of impressions.

No temporaries. The CEREC crown is milled out of a solid ceramic block in just a few minutes. It is then ready to placed immediately. This eliminates the need for temporary crowns. It also means that you need only one appointment. And you don’t have to wait for days on end until the ceramic crown is finished by an outside lab.

No long waiting period. Traditionally, a patient would come in for an appointment for an hour to hour and a half and have the tooth prepared, impressions and leave with a temporary in place. He or she would then return a week or two later for the permanent crown. The CEREC crown can be placed immediately after the tooth is prepared, thus needing only one appointment. Finally, you benefit from a tooth restoration which has demonstrated durability time and time again.

If you have any further questions about CEREC, you may contact our office at any time. And always remember, keep smiling.

Information provided by Matthew Platt, D.D.S., P.C., Grove & Platt Dental Associates, PLC, 1541 S. Third St., Suite 300, 986-4001 and the American Dental Association.

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