Tooth crowns can potentially cover a lot of dental problems including gaps, cracks, and misaligned teeth. At Nashville Aesthetic Dentistry – Dennis J. Wells, DDS, 105 Powell Ct Ste 101 Nashville, TN 37027, this procedure used to require two dental visits over several weeks to get a smile overhauled. However, with new technology, you can now be fitted with same-day crowns using CEREC technology, which will ensure that new teeth are manufactured and fitted on the same day. However, there are a lot of people who are skeptical of new technology. One of the major questions people ask is whether there is any dental difference between traditional procedures and the same-day CEREC procedure. The answer is yes.
Differences Between the Types of Crowns:
A traditional procedure requires two appointments and a few weeks of waiting. The first appointment involves a consultation during which the dentist will get an impression of your tooth. professionals at a dental lab will use this impression to create a crown that resembles the structure of your natural tooth. The process can take several weeks. However, a same-day CEREC crown uses CAM-CAD technology to fabricate a crown in the dentist’s office. So, you don’t have to wait to get your new teeth.
- Materials Used
CEREC crowns are made exclusively from ceramic, whereas traditional crowns use a variety of materials including ceramic, porcelain, metal, and porcelain-fused-to-metal. Crowns that use metal are very strong, as metal bonds very well tooth dentin.
While craftsmen in lab manufacture traditional crowns and the final product is a lot stronger than same-day crowns made via CEREC. Additionally, materials like leucite-reinforced ceramic or porcelain-fused-to-metal can only be used to make traditional crowns, so they are stronger and more durable. However, these materials are not as nice looking as ceramic, so they are not ideal for a crown on your front teeth.
- Temporary Crowns
When traditional crowns are chosen as a solution, a patient will get temporary crowns placed, while waiting for the permanent ones to be fabricated. Temporaries have a couple of disadvantages like being uncomfortable and shifting in your mouth. Most do not fit very well, and tooth decay is more likely because food can get trapped under the temporary. Same-day crowns have eliminated the need for temporaries as you can get fitted crowns in one appointment.
Same-day CEREC crowns are aesthetically pleasing and quite natural-looking. But if you want a front tooth that exactly matches its neighbors, a standard crown hand-made from ceramic or porcelain can do the trick. There will never be anything to replace manual fabrication by an expert craftsman who is gifted with aesthetic abilities.