I have to have two crowns. I went to a dentist my insurance lists, but he really wants me to get a CEREC crown. I went to an insurance dentist so the treatment would be covered, but they only cover traditional crowns. I do like the idea of getting both crowns in one appointment, but if I’m going to pay extra I want to know they’re as strong.
When you’re talking about the strength and longevity of a dental crown, it depends more on the skill of the dentist than the crown. Though, there are some advantages to CEREC crowns.
They can be done in just one appointment, as your dentist mentioned. This saves you from having to take additional time off work. If you’re an hourly employee, that usually makes up for the additional cost.
They’re milled by computer. There’s something about the precision of computers which helps with crowns. They’re much more likely to fit properly the first time than their man-made counterparts.
No matter what type of crown you get, there are some things neither can stand up against. If you’re a tooth grinder, just like your natural teeth, they will crack, chip, or break. A simple precaution, such as a nightguard, will protect both your natural teeth and any dental work you have.
No dental work, whether it’s a crown or porcelain veneers, will whiten once they’re made. So, if you’re considering taking some years off your appearance, by giving those chompers a boost, do it before your crowns are designed. That way they can be made to match the bright new color of the rest of your teeth.
Dental Crowns Versus Porcelain Veneers
We often get asked what is the difference between crowns and porcelain veneers and can you get a smile makeover with either one of them. I can answer both of those now.
Porcelain crowns are generally used after a root canal treatment or when the decay on a tooth takes up too much surface or goes too deep. Unfortunately, they require a significant amount of grinding down of tooth structure in order to fit the crown.
Porcelain veneers are strictly cosmetic. Some mild shaving on the front of the tooth is generally done, but it’s only about the depth of a fingernail. They’re used to change the cosmetic appearance of your teeth.
While both can be used for smile makeovers, you generally only use a crown for one when the tooth you’re making over already has one. That’s because a veneers saves much more of your natural tooth structure.
Either way, make sure whoever does your smile makeover has a beautiful smile guarantee.
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