If you have a badly damaged tooth and need a dental crown, you can choose between lab-created crowns and same-day (or CEREC) crowns.
But, which is the better option?
This short article from Myers + Co Family Dentistry will help you make an informed decision.
After the dentist determines that you need a crown and prepares the tooth, they will take an impression of your mouth. The impression is then sent to a dental lab, which will make the crown.
It can take up to two weeks for the crown to be manufactured, so the dentist will fit you with a temporary crown.
Once the permanent crown is ready, you will go back to the dentist to complete the treatment. The dentist will make sure that the crown fits perfectly and feels comfortable before cementing it in place.
Same-day crowns use sophisticated software, known as CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing) to create the crown in the dentist's office in one visit.
Just like with traditional crowns, your Cary dentist will first examine and prepare the tooth. But, then, instead of using a physical mold, they use a special camera to take a digital image of your tooth. This image is then uploaded into a computer and the dentist will use CAD software to design the crown
Once the crown is designed, a milling machine will actually manufacture it right there in the dentist's office. Next, the dentist will place the crown on your tooth, make sure it fits, and you are ready to go home.
Both lab-created and same-day crowns have their advantages and disadvantages. Let's take a look:
Ultimately, the right choice will depend on your specific situation. Dr. Sarah Myers from Myers + Co Family Dentistry can help you understand the difference between the two and choose the best option for your needs.