Whether you’ve got a damaged tooth or you need to replace an old crown, you may be wondering if you should get a CEREC crown in Scottsdale, or if you’re better off with a traditional lab-made crown.Both treatments have their pros and cons. So in this blog from Omni Dental Studio, we’ll compare them across a few different categories including treatment time, durability, cost, comfort, and appearance. Read on, and see which type of crown is right for you.
CEREC crowns take just a single 1-2 hour appointment at Omni Dental Studio. Dr. Nataliya Rozenfeld can create and build your crown directly in our office, with no need to work with an outside dental lab.
In contrast, traditional crowns require you to make at least two appointments at the dentist over a period of several weeks. If you’ve got a busy schedule and want to get a crown fast, CEREC is the best choice.
These days, most lab made crowns are fabricated using the same milling technology that we use in the office at Omni Dental Studio. CEREC crowns are milled out of tooth-colored porcelain blocks, which are available in various levels of durability and shade allowing for customization to each patients’ individual needs. CEREC crowns can easily last 10-20 years or longer if you take good care of your oral health.
Every patient is different, so it’s not really possible to provide an accurate estimate of how much treatment with CEREC or a lab-made crown will cost. However, the treatments tend to be pretty comparable in price overall. In some cases, CEREC is actually cheaper, since there’s no need to work with a third-party dental lab to create your crown.
CEREC is much more comfortable and convenient than traditional crowns. This is because with CEREC, you get a new, permanent dental crown in a day, and there’s no need to wear a temporary crown.
In the traditional dental crown process, your tooth is trimmed at your first appointment. Then, you’re sent home with a temporary crown to protect your tooth. This temporary crown can sometimes come loose or not fit properly, causing discomfort as you wait for your permanent crown.
Both CEREC crowns and lab-made crowns look and feel very natural. But if aesthetics are your top priority, lab-made crowns are a slightly better option. Because they're built at a dental lab, the technicians have access to a wider range of porcelain colors and shades, and are able to add more fine detail to the crown, such as realistic grooves and ridges on the crown.
Still, CEREC crowns also offer amazingly realistic results. These crowns are milled with a highly precise, computer-guided system. This system uses tooth-colored porcelain blocks that mimic the natural shade, translucency, and hardness of natural tooth enamel. Whether you choose a CEREC or traditional crown, you’re sure to love how your new smile looks at Omni Dental Studio.
At Omni Dental Studio, Dr. Rozenfeld typically recommends CEREC crowns for most patients. But in some cases, a traditional crown may be a better choice for you. To learn more about your options for dental crowns in Scottsdale, we recommend scheduling a consultation with our team. We’re always accepting new patients, and you can contact us online or give us a call at (480) 725-4345 to schedule your consultation today.