One-Visit CEREC Crowns – Camp Hill, PA
Don’t Wait Weeks for a Crown Anymore
Dental crowns are used to repair significantly damaged or decayed teeth. The traditional method for a dental crown takes place over the course of two 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.
Why Choose Rina Singh, DDS for One-Visit CEREC Crowns?
- Strong, Long-Lasting, and Natural-Looking
- We Use Digital Scanners Over Impression Material
- Ideal for Those Experiencing Dental Emergencies
What Is CEREC?
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
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 traditional crowns have about the same lifespan.
Maintaining Your New Crown
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.
Preparing to receive a CEREC crown may have you asking a lot of questions. Unlike traditional dental crowns that take weeks to prepare and place, this innovative solution delivers results much more quickly. But is it too good to be true? A dentist in Camp Hill is here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and help you to understand the benefits of choosing CEREC over other types of restorative treatment.
How long will a CEREC crown last?
When you consider a regular dental crown can last a decade or more with proper care, you may be surprised to learn that a CEREC crown can last just as long. You can always work to extend the longevity of your restoration, though, especially by practicing the following habits:
- Maintaining good oral hygiene at home by brushing, flossing, and rinsing
- Avoiding too many sugary and starchy foods, as this increases the chances of bacterial buildup that can cause cavities
- Keeping six-month dental checkups and cleanings with Dr. Singh
- Wearing a nightguard if you suffer from bruxism
Is CEREC worth the investment?
One of the most popular reasons patients choose CEREC crowns is that they allow for faster treatment and results. This alone is often reason enough for the investment. Apart from the quick turnaround and same-day placement, CEREC is worth the cost because:
- You avoid having to wear a temporary crown that can fall off or cause decay to form if you’re not careful
- You can enjoy a beautifully restored smile in just one day – there is no longer a need to wait days or weeks
Are CEREC crowns as good as traditional dental crowns?
Dr. Singh and our team of professionals believe CEREC crowns deliver the same great results as traditional dental crowns, only quicker. Not only can they maintain their durability and stability for the same amount of time, but they can also exude a beautiful aesthetic and withstand normal, daily wear and tear.
Should Dr. Singh decide that your particular situation (i.e., tooth fractured below the gumline) warrants a traditional crown instead, you can expect she will discuss this with you during your initial consultation.
Will dental insurance cover the cost of CEREC crowns?
The only way to know for sure if your dental insurance plan will cover the cost of CEREC crowns is to review your policy or have a member of our team do it for you. Our skilled professionals are pros at navigating insurance verbiage and coverage levels, helping you determine how much you can expect to pay out of pocket for the services you receive.
While most do offer partial coverage (50-80%), others may opt to cover the complete cost associated with your crown. Once we have a clear idea of how much your dental insurance will cover, we will explain your remaining balance, as you will be responsible for the rest.
What to Do After Your New Teeth Are Attached
After your new teeth are attached, the difficult part is over! At this point, you may experience some sensitivity at first, but this is usually easy to control with over-the-counter pain relievers. You shouldn’t experience any additional bleeding, inflammation, or extensive recovery.
Contact Us Today
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.