The Benefits Of CEREC Restorations
There are several restorative procedures, but one of the most efficient is getting CEREC crowns at your Peoria, IL, dentist.
Here are a few frequently asked questions:
What is the difference between CEREC crowns and ordinary dental crowns?
CEREC crowns are made in your dentist's office with the use of Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing, also known as CAD/CAM. This process saves you time and the hassle of replacing temporary crown restorations with permanent restorations
Crowns are porcelain caps usually made at a lab when your Peoria dentist takes an impression of your teeth to have them custom made. This process takes time and you'll need to use temporary crowns until the lab sends your permanent ones to your doctor.
How are CEREC crowns made?
Instead of your doctor taking impressions of your teeth, they'll dust reflective powder on your teeth then scan them with a wand that'll take digital pictures of your mouth. The images generate a 3D model of your teeth using CAD/CAM software.
A block of ceramic similar in color to your teeth is sent to a milling machine that'll carve it into the 3D image produced by the CAD/CAM software in about five minutes.
Your doctor will then place the crown in your mouth and you're set to go.
How do I take care of my crowns?
- Floss and brush your teeth. Make sure you remove built-up plaque on your teeth.
- Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can reduce how long your crowns last. Use a mouth guard or splints to prevent wearing down your crowns.
- Eat healthier. Don't bite into ice and avoid sugary foods like soda and candy.
Why do people need CEREC crowns?
Dental crowns reinforce teeth so that they may withstand various degrees of pressure.
Here are some other procedures that use dental crowns:
- Attaching bridges
- Covering an existing filling that may be dislocated
- Covering stained or discolored teeth
- Covering dental implants
For more information on CEREC crowns and what they can do for you, contact Dr. Manny Valerin in Peoria, IL, as soon as possible.