One of the ways dentists replace natural teeth is with crowns, and a CEREC crown is an alternative to a traditional one. CEREC crowns are also called chairside crowns, and they are made of ceramic. These types of crowns are a good choice for those who want to restore normal look and function quickly and…
CEREC® Crowns: What to Do if You’re Missing Multiple Teeth
For people with multiple missing teeth, CEREC® crowns used in conjunction with dental bridges or implants are one of the treatment options dentists may recommend. These crowns function similarly to the traditional variety but have additional benefits.
Dental crowns, bridges, and implants
Dental crowns and bridges are a commonly used treatment for the replacement of missing teeth. Crowns may be used with dental implants or as support for a dental bridge to restore multiple missing teeth.
How dental bridges work
A dental bridge uses two CEREC® crowns to hold a set of artificial teeth between them. Dental bridges can replace one or more missing teeth that are next to each other. The crowns provide added strength and protection for the natural teeth that provide the support for the bridge.
Dental bridges can be used as an alternative to partial dentures. They do not need to be removed for cleaning and provide additional stability that can aid in chewing and biting. Some patients also find bridges to be more comfortable than dentures because they do not irritate the gums.
How dental implants work
Dental implants are metal posts or screws that are anchored in the jawbone, replacing missing tooth roots. Dental crowns can be attached to the implants to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Implants may be recommended when a patient has more than one missing tooth but the missing teeth are not next to each other. They can provide a function and look almost indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Benefits of CEREC® crowns
These crowns are similar to traditional crowns, which are usually made from metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin, or ceramic. However, CEREC® crowns offer additional benefits to the patient:
- Made from a durable ceramic material
- Can be created and placed in the same visit
- Created with digital dental impressions, rather than messy and uncomfortable putties
- Customized to provide a precise fit and natural appearance
The CEREC® process
The first step in the process is the digital impression of the patient's teeth. That impression is then used by the CEREC® machine to design a customized restoration plan. The milling unit creates the crowns according to this plan. The dentist then places the crowns and makes any needed adjustments.
CEREC® crowns and bridges can be used for decades without replacement when cared for correctly. Patients should follow the dentist's recommendations for regular brushing and flossing to avoid bacteria buildup. Regular check-ups and cleanings should also be performed. Patients who grind or clench the teeth during sleep may need a mouthguard to protect the crowns and bridges from being damaged.
Crowns and bridges can be a durable, attractive replacement for multiple missing teeth. Crowns and bridges restore the appearance of the smile and the function of the teeth. The CEREC® process allows patients to receive their crowns and bridges in one appointment and without the possible discomfort of the putties used for traditional dental impressions.
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