CEREC Same Day Dental Crown
Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic or CEREC® is a new state-of-the-art method of reconstructing tooth restorations. CEREC® uses computer-assisted design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to offer single-day restorations for patients. This new technology has revolutionized ceramic restorations such as crowns and veneers for patients so that there is no longer a wait between preparing the restoration and finally receiving the finished product. The CAD-CAM technology is used to design and mill custom restorations while you are sitting in the dental chair, which is both economical for you and your dentist and makes it possible for ceramic restorations to be done in one single dentist visit. The restorations created are metal-free and tooth-colored to restore your tooth to its natural beauty, strength, and function.
4 Step Dental Crown Procedure
1. Exam and Preparation
Before you get started, your dentist will determine if CEREC® is right for you. Depending on how much healthy tooth remains, it may be a simple filling or you may need a crown. After reviewing your options, the dentist will begin the process by administering an anesthetic and preparing your tooth for restoration by removing decay and weakened tooth tissue.
2. Optical Impression
In order to make the desired restoration, a 3D image of the tooth that needs to be restored must be created from a digital camera scan of the tooth. This image will be used to create the restoration without the need to take a messy impression. This means no horrible tasting impression material for you to gag on. The computer and CEREC® 3D software then convert the digital image into a 3D virtual model of the prepared tooth.
3. Milling Unit
This device is used to create the custom restoration needed for the tooth. Based on the original color of your tooth, the dentist is able to select the correct colored ceramic block and in a few minutes, the milling device is able to create the restoration needed.
4. Placing the Restoration
After the restoration is made, to ensure that you get proper fit and bite, the restoration is then tried on. When it is ready, the restoration is polished and bonded into place by your dentist. Therefore, no temporary restoration is needed and no return trip is necessary, saving you time and money.
8 Advantages to Using CEREC®
CEREC® has revolutionized the restorative process. It was created with the patient in mind to make a visit to the dentist as pain-free as possible. Some of the benefits to using CEREC® are:
- Most procedures can be done in one visit - less costly and less time-consuming
- Less painful injections due to single-visit
- No messy impressions
- No temporary restoration for in-between visits
- Ability to save as much natural tooth structure as possible
- Longer lasting restorations - may last over 10 years
- Restores teeth to natural beauty, function, and strength
- Metal-free restorations
Types of Dental Crown Materials
There are a variety of materials that can be used for dental crowns to meet the aesthetic and budget needs of every patient. Metal is the most common material used for patients on a budget. Porcelain-fused-to-metal, tooth-colored, and zirconia are all going to be on the more expensive end due to their more natural appearance. The more crowns you require, the more costly the treatment will be. Some dentists offer discounts if you're receiving multiple at once.
Cost of CEREC® Crowns in Waukesha County
The cost of a CEREC® same-day crown is a few hundred dollars more compared to the traditional dental crown. A single CEREC® crown will cost between $1,200 and $1,700. Although a CEREC® crown is more expensive than the traditional crown, some advantages of a CEREC® crown over a traditional crown include:
- Best possible fit: Each crown is custom-made to fit over your individual teeth.
- Less time consuming: Most procedures can be done in one visit, saving you time and money.
The cost of crowns can be dependent on the number of crowns needed, location of the tooth, materials used, and extent of the damage. The more tooth decay, the higher the cost of the crown due to the preparation required to place the crown. Materials vary on quality, aesthetics, and price.
Dental Crown Costs (per tooth)
- Stainless steel crowns can cost between $300 and $500.
- Metal crowns can cost between $800 and $1,400.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can cost between $500 and $1,500.
- Zirconia crowns can cost between $800 and $3,000.
- All-resin crowns can cost between $600 and $1,300.
- All-porcelain crowns can cost between $800 and $3,000.
Contact Dousman Family Dentistry for dental crowns that look and feel like real teeth - whether you live in Delafield, Dousman, Mukwonago, Hartland, or beyond.