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When you’ve broken a tooth, had a root canal or even have a cavity that’s simply too large to be filled traditionally, your dentist may suggest looking into a crown to cover the tooth. A crown is essentially a “cap” for your tooth, offering protection to any possible dental work that has been done. If you think of your tooth as a basic structure, the “crown” element is the part you can see. There are several different options for what kind of crown you can get, and your dentist will usually make recommendations based on your particular situation. However, the two most common types of crowns are either CEREC crowns, or a traditional dental crown. What’s the difference? Is one better than the other? Heres what you’ll need to know before making a decision on your new crown.
CEREC Crowns
CEREC crowns stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. They are typically made of of a solid block of ceramic or resin materials. One of the benefits of a CEREC crown is that many dentist’s offices, such as Jones Bridge Dental, can make this type of crown within a single visit. This prevents you from having to wear a temporary crown, wait for your new crown to be made offsite and then make a second appointment to get your crown installed. By using computer imaging technology, your new tooth will fit perfectly with the rest of your mouth, including color. In fact, the only people who will be able to tell you’ve had a CERC crown will be you and your dentist. Additionally, seeing as the crown is made of a solid block of material, it is oftentimes stronger than other types of crowns.
Traditional Dental Crowns
When it comes to getting a crown, this may be what you might typically think of. There are several types of materials used when building these crowns, including metal, porcelain fused to metal, all ceramic and resin. While metal is probably one of the strongest options when it comes to a traditional crown, it unfortunately does not look like a natural tooth, making it an unpopular choice for front teeth. Porcelain fused to metal can give a more natural look, but porcelain can chip and break, and oftentimes the metal can show through at the bottom of the tooth near the gum line. Many people prefer the look of an all ceramic crown as it can be matched to the existing tooth color and looks the most natural, making it ideal for the front teeth. Finally, resin crowns are probably the most economical option comparatively to the others, but the material is more prone to fracturing, making it less cost-effective in the long run.
When it comes to getting a crown, your best bet is to speak to your dentist to hear what they would suggest. While it may be tempting to go with the cheapest option, this can actually end up costing you more in the long run. After all, a lifetime of wear and comfort should be your primary aim when it comes to your dental work.