I have had a CEREC crown before and LOVED it. The convenience. I go in once and done. No ugly, uncomfortable temporaries. No missing work for two appointments. However, now I need a crown on a front tooth, but my dentist won’t give me a CEREC. He insists those need to be done the old fashion way. Why?
Maria Mae – Ohio
If I were to take a guess, I would say that your dentist also does a significant amount of cosmetic dental work as part of his practice. Your teeth are made of different layers, each having a different mix of colors and opacity. When a crown is made the “old fashion way” as your dentist is suggesting, these layers can be shaped to have that variety.
A CEREC crown, on the other hand, is milled from a single block of porcelain. That limits the variety significantly. When you’re talking about teeth not in the forefront of your smile, those subtle differences don’t matter as much. CEREC crowns blend in fine with the rest of your teeth in those cases.
Front teeth, however, are a different story. The way the light hits your front teeth, combined with their visibility, puts the standard of natural looking crowns significantly higher. Your dentist, who cares about the aesthetics of your appearance, wants to make sure you have the most beautiful, natural looking smile possible.
I hope this helps you understand his position.
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