A crown made through a traditional dentist office usually requires you to go to the dentist office for two or more visits. On the first visit, the tooth is usually reduced in size and made ready for the crown, a temporary crown is made for you, an impression is taken of your teeth and then sent to a laboratory. The crown is then made at the laboratory and sent back to your dentist.
When you come back for your second appointment, the temporary crown is removed and the new crown is fitted on the prepared tooth.
The CEREC process eliminates you having to come back for the second visit because the CEREC equipment can reside in the dentist’s office and the dentist will use the CEREC equipment to work on your tooth while you wait.
Given this new process, here are some advantages of this CEREC crown technology for patients over traditional dentistry:
- The patient only needs one visit instead of two or more, saving time and money
- The computer-aided design ensures an exact fit eliminating biting problems and return visits
- The patient does not have the cost and bother of a temporary crown
- The CEREC crowns are made out of ceramic, use no metal and are esthetically pleasing
Despite all these advantages, many dentists have not embraced this technology for a number of reasons including the cost of obtaining the equipment, and the time needed for the training. The challenge is finding a dentist who has the CEREC equipment, and experience necessary for successful results. Dentists using CEREC must obtain additional training to obtain the results that are possible with the technology.
Dr. Zourdos, of Boston Dental Design, has been using CEREC technology for many years because of the convenience and results that he can achieve for his patients in one dental visit.
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