CEREC Crowns in Buffalo, NY
Experienced Buffalo Dentists Providing Affordable CEREC Crowns
Teach Dental Group is one of a mere handful of dentistry practices in Western New York to utilize CEREC crowns. CEREC is an innovative technology that bypasses the weeks of preparation that is typically required for dental crowns to be designed.
Instead of waiting for half a month between appointments, CEREC crowns can be created and ready to install in a matter of hours. Patients seeking to restore their teeth to full health and enhance the color and alignment of their smiles no longer have to wear temporary dental crowns for weeks while they wait for their permanent crowns to be designed in a faraway lab.
Dental crowns are ideal when an individual tooth has decayed so greatly that its natural shape cannot be restored, even through the use of a filling. A dental crown can additionally be a cosmetic solution for dental caries (cavities), supplementing a filling in order to fend off bacterial invasion. When tooth whitening is unable to correct discoloration, a dentist can design a crown that mirrors the appearance of a patient’s other teeth, and with the crown in place, the affected tooth can perfectly conform to the rest of the mouth.
CEREC, originally a contraction of “ceramic reconstruction” but now an acronym for “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics,” allows dentists to digitally scan the region of a patient’s mouth that requires a dental crown with an intraoral camera. Once the affected tooth is cleaned and the gums are slightly retracted, a physical impression is made of the area using putty. The affected tooth is next filed down, removing any excess material that would prevent a crown from firmly taking hold. A spray designed to enhance scanning is administered, the region is scanned a second time, and software then uses the data drawn from this scan to create a three-dimensional, virtual impression of the mouth. CEREC technology then cuts into and shapes a small block of feldspathic porcelain, a ceramic derived from the mineral feldspar, to render the crowns. When the CEREC machine has finished the dental crown, the crown is placed in the mouth to check its similarity to the surrounding teeth and its fit on the affected tooth. To match the pallor of the patient’s other teeth, the crown can be removed and then bleached or stained. A cement composite is placed in the interior of the dental crown, which is placed a second time over the affected tooth and pressed into position. Excess cement is cleared away, and that which remains is hardened through exposure to a dental curing light, which uses targeted blue light to solidify the photosensitive composite. The result is a form-fitting dental crown that is all but identical to the original tooth’s shape and will remain in place for years to come.
CEREC crowns have a high survival rate, with over 95% of these crowns remaining intact and firmly in place for a decade after implantation—more effective and stable than crowns made from metal and metallic alloys. In addition, because these crowns are made of ceramic rather than metal, there is no risk of an allergic reaction. CEREC technology is gaining in popularity due to its effectiveness and speed, and Teach Dental is ready and willing to fashion a CEREC same-day crown for every patient seeking to restore her or his smile.
FAQ About CEREC Crowns
What Is A CEREC Crown?
A CEREC crown stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. These crowns are typically made of resin materials or a solid block of ceramic. One of the advantages of receiving a CEREC crown is that this type of crown can be made during one visit.
How Much Does A CEREC Crown Cost?
If you have insurance the average a patient will pay is between $300 to $1,000 for a traditional dental crown. If you are looking at a CEREC crown you will pay anywhere between $500 to $1,500. While this may seem like a nice chunk of change you are saving yourself a lot of time by paying a little more.
How Long Do CEREC Crowns Last?
CEREC crowns are the top of the line crowns. They feel and look like a real tooth. In terms of aesthetic, there are no other crowns that can really compete. The CEREC crowns last on average 10-15 years. If you take care of them properly it is possible for them to last a lot longer.
Are CEREC Crowns Covered by Insurance?
There are some dental insurances who will pay the full price for CEREC crowns. The chance of this happening is not likely. In most cases you are going to have to pay at least a small amount or more out of pocket.
How Long Does A Same Day Crown Take?
The whole process takes about two hours in total. Your crown is able to be ready in 15 minutes. When it is placed you are done usually within an hour and a half. If you were to go the conventional way and need to get a crown restored that takes about two weeks.
Are you too busy for multiple dental visits? Contact Teach Dental Group today to learn about our CEREC crowns. Our experienced Buffalo dentists have been providing quality dental care to the Western New York region for over 40 years. We welcome the opportunity to put a smile on your face.
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