Dental Services in Hawthorne, Nutley & Surrounding Areas

How Do CEREC ® Crowns Work?

About Our Elevated Dental Restorations

For patients who have tooth damage or dental decay and require onlay, inlay, bridge, and crown fitting procedures, our practice offers CEREC ® crown fittings. CEREC is an abbreviation for ceramic reconstruction and refers to the use of 3D imaging, CAD/CAM systems, and biocompatible materials in order to create a digital model of the teeth, which are then used to create quality fillings in as little as two hours or less.

The biggest difference between the CEREC crown process and the traditional crown process is time. Both procedures allow the patient to avoid tooth extraction, which is not an ideal process for a variety of reasons. Tooth loss from extraction can lead to gum recession, bone loss in the jaw, a hole in the smile, weaker surrounding teeth, impaired speech, and difficulty chewing. Crowns are a great way to avoid these unpleasant experiences altogether.

When creating traditional crowns, more than one appointment is typically required. At Rauzman & Pallotta, the procedure for creating dental crowns simply involves examining the tooth, determining if a crown is needed, and anesthetizing the tooth and the surrounding area. Our team will wear down the tooth slightly so that it properly supports the crown. To fill this time gap, patients are given a temporary crown to wear while the permanent crown is created and then cemented into place. These dental crowns are made from metals, porcelain, resins, and ceramics.

CEREC crowns, on the other hand, are all made from ceramic or porcelain crowns that can be used on front and back teeth. One of the best parts of a CEREC crown for many patients is that it looks and feels like a real tooth. This means it can not only elevate patients’ oral comfort levels, but it can improve confidence in their smiles as wells. Similar to a traditional crown, CEREC crowns are sturdy and last between 10-30 years. CEREC crowns might be right for patients with the following conditions:

  • Crowns
  • Inlays
  • Onlays
  • Bridges
  • Cracked teeth
  • Old restoration replacements
  • Need for replacing a restoration with a metal-free option

Generally, patients with severely decayed or damaged teeth can benefit from the convenience and authenticity of CEREC crowns. However, if you have a condition like significant misalignment, you might require traditional crowns that we can create in a laboratory. As an additional consideration, CEREC crowns might not be the best option for a fracture underneath the gumline. When a patient has a tooth fracture that extends beneath the gumline, this can be a case that requires a traditional crown as well.

Both options can be effective for various patients, which is why our practice chooses to offer both. If you are in need of a dental crown, the best way to know which procedure is best for you is to meet with our team, who will be able to walk you through the process in further detail and create a treatment plan based on your specific needs.

Providing Trusted, Individualized Care to Last a Lifetime

The fact that we offer various types of dental crowns to fit the needs of each patient is just one way we aim to personalize our treatments. Our practice is family-oriented, but this does not mean we only serve families. Rather, it means we are dedicated to caring for our patients throughout the span of their lifetimes, and addressing each need on an individual basis. All patients, from families and children to individuals, are welcome at our practice and we treat each person who enters the door like family of our own. Begin your journey with us and we will ensure that you receive the proper treatment for your specific situation, whether that means dental crowns, CEREC crowns, or another treatment option entirely.

To schedule an appointment with our team, call us today at (973) 427-4201 or contact us online.