Ceramic Filling or Crown
CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic) is a dental technology that enables a ceramic filling or crown to be made and bonded to a tooth that has a cavity, is broken down, or has a crack that needs to be reinforced by a crown.
CEREC allows the crown to be made and bonded to the tooth in 1 appointment, instead of the more traditional method which requires 2 appointments. This means that the tooth no longer needs a temporary crown in between appointments, which usually tends to dislodge prior to the final crown being placed.
Ceramic crowns are one of the most popular types of dental crowns as they’re able to be colour-matched and blend in seamlessly with a person’s natural teeth.
Why Do You Need a Crown?
Your dentist may suggest that you need a crown because of the following reasons:
- 1. To strengthen a broken or badly decayed tooth
- 2. To strengthen a tooth that has been worn down and weakened
- 3. To support or rebuild a tooth that has a broken filling
- 4. To hold a dental bridge in place
- 5. To cover misshapen or discoloured teeth
- 6. To cover dental implants
- 7. To cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
How Long Do Ceramic Crowns Last?
If taken care of properly, a ceramic crown can last anywhere from 10-15 years. In some cases, they can last a lifetime.
How Do I Take Care of My Ceramic Crown?
Taking proper care of your ceramic crown is easy to do and includes:
- Regularly brushing and flossing your teeth (at least twice a day)
- Staying away from hard, sticky foods
- Regularly visiting your dentist for check-ups and professional teeth cleanings
Does Getting a Ceramic Crown Hurt?
Our patients may feel a little discomfort but we use local anesthetic, so most of our patients don’t feel any pain. We always do our best to ensure that our patients are as comfortable as possible during their treatments.
What are the Benefits of Getting a Ceramic Crown?
Ceramic crowns have many benefits, including:
- Quick treatment (most ceramic crown appointments are completed within 2-3 hours)
- Ceramic crowns are easily colour-matched and look like natural teeth
- They protect your weakened or damaged tooth and cover up any discoloured or misshapen teeth
- They give you your confidence back – you no longer have to feel self-conscious about a broken or discoloured tooth
CEREC Involves the Following Steps in the 1 Appointment
- 1. Remove the decayed parts of the tooth.
- 2. Scan the prepared tooth with a digital video scanner.
- 3. Design the ceramic filling/crown with a 3D CAD/CAM software.
- 4. Mill the ceramic filling/crown in the clinic using a solid block of ceramic and a milling machine.
- 5. Bond the ceramic filling/crown to the tooth.
Once the ceramic filling/crown is bonded to the tooth, you will be able to eat and drink straight away.
The duration for this treatment
One visit for 2 hours 30 minutes.