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One-Visit CEREC in Camp Hill

Dental crowns are used to repair significantly damaged or decayed teeth. The traditional method for a dental crown takes place over the course of 2 visits to the dentist and requires the use of a temporary restoration in the time between, but CEREC in Camp Hill offers a wonderful alternative for a more efficient dental crown treatment. Keep reading to learn how CEREC works, and when you can benefit from this option.

What Is CEREC?

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CEREC stands for chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics, and it uses CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and manufacturing) technology to allow Dr. Singh to plan for, manufacture, and place a dental crown over the course of just one appointment. A dental crown may be recommended in the following cases:

  • For a broken or cracked tooth
  • To restore a significantly decayed tooth
  • To enhance the size and strength of a worn down tooth
  • To replace a malfunctioning filling
  • As the final step in a root canal procedure
  • To make cosmetic improvements to significantly damaged teeth

CEREC vs. Traditional Crowns

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CEREC and a traditional crown both produce the same result: a beautifully restored tooth that allows you to eat, speak, and smile with full confidence. However, the method of doing so is quite different between the two. Below we compare the most significant differences between CEREC and the traditional method of placing a crown.

  • CEREC is completed in a single visit, while a traditional crown is placed over the course of two visits separated by one to two weeks.
  • CEREC crowns are milled from a single piece of dental porcelain, a material that is highly customizable to ensure that it matches the surrounding tooth enamel.
  • Traditional crowns can be made from porcelain/ceramic, porcelain fused-to-metal, zirconia, gold, or metal alloys.
  • CEREC crowns are great for teeth in the front of the smile, while a traditional gold crown may be best for molars and premolars.
  • CEREC eliminates the need for a temporary crown.
  • Digital scans used with CEREC are more comfortable for the patient and also provide a more accurate, detailed image for improved treatment planning compared to conventional impressions.
  • CEREC crowns and temporary crowns have about the same lifespan.

Maintaining Your New Crown

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After your tooth has been restored with a dental crown in Camp Hill, you should maintain excellent dental hygiene to ensure that it and the teeth around it stay healthy. Continue to brush and floss your teeth as recommended and visit your dentist at least every six months. If your crown is located in the front of the smile, avoid biting directly into hard, crunchy, or sticky foods. Protect your smile with a customized mouthguard if you play contact sports or grind your teeth at night to avoid damaging the porcelain crown.

Contact Us Today

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If you are dealing with a severely damaged or decayed tooth, a dental crown may be the appropriate solution for your smile. The only way to find out for sure is to schedule an appointment with our office. If the answer is yes, you can look forward to getting started right away. Go ahead and contact us today.